Best Defense

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  • Comedy
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Sometime George Lucas associates Huyck and Katz had disastrous previews with their 'comedy' about engineer Dud's bumbling attempts to perfect the crucial on-board gyroscope for the new XM-10 Annihilator tank. So it was off for reshoots, drafting in 'strategic guest star' Murphy (it says so on the opening titles) as a US army tank commander putting said vehicle through its slapstick paces on test manoeuvres. Cutting back and forth between the two points, the film's a dismally unfunny shambles in which the leads never meet, enlivened only by a baleful cameo from hardware designer Tom Noonan, and the jaw-dropping plot development that has Iraq invading Kuwait, six years before Saddam did it for real. Never thought you'd get to hear Eddie Murphy say 'I love Iraq!'? Well, he does here, feigning cowardice to bamboozle enemy firepower.

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Willard Huyck
Screenwriter: Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
Cast: Dudley Moore
Eddie Murphy
Kate Capshaw
George Dzundza
Helen Shaver
Peter Michael Goetz
Tom Noonan
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