Best Defense

Best Defense (1984)

Unfortunately, they're both on our side.

  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1984-07-20
  • User Rating: 4.3/10 from 51 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
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Wylie is a lazy engineer. Landry is a Sergeant specialising in Armour. They have never met but their lives become entangled when Landry must take the tank Wylie designed into combat. Wylie is waiting for his employer to go out of business when he meets another engineer who gives him a disk with the plans for a system that will save his employer. The other engineer is dead moments later leaving Wylie with the disk and credit for the design. Suddenly Wylie is no longer a hack, but the saviour of his company and finds his life is no longer the same.

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Best Defense Photos

  • Dudley Moore

    as Wylie Cooper
  • Eddie Murphy

    as Lieutenant T.M. Landry
  • Kate Capshaw

    as Laura Cooper
  • George Dzundza

    as Steve Loparino
  • Helen Shaver

    as Clair Lewis
  • Pamela Stonebrook

    as Singer, Rive Gauche Room
Writing Willard Huyck Screenplay
Directing Willard Huyck Director
Writing Gloria Katz Screenplay
Production Gloria Katz Producer
Production Dianne Crittenden Casting
Art Bo Welch Art Direction
Camera Donald Peterman Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Kristi Zea Costume Design
Production Robert Latham Brown Unit Production Manager
Art Peter Jamison Production Design
Sound Frank E. Warner Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Robin Gregory Sound Mixer
Editing Sidney Wolinsky Editor
Sound Patrick Williams Original Music Composer
Writing Robert Grossbach Novel
Art R. Chris Westlund Set Decoration
Production Austen Jewell Unit Production Manager
Editing Martin Cohen First Assistant Editor
Sound Richard Stone Music Editor
Crew Everett Creach Stunt Coordinator
Sound Gregg Landaker Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Rick Kline Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Donald O. Mitchell Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Gary S. Gerlich Sound Effects Editor
Camera Elliott Marks Still Photographer
Sound Pat Suraci Boom Operator
Directing Louise Jaffe Script Supervisor
Sound Victoria Martin Sound Effects Editor
Camera Laurie Ridley Still Photographer