Best Defense

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"Unfortunately, they're both on our side."
  • R
  • 1984
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 3.8  (6,404)
  • 29

Best Defense is a 1984 comedy movie that brings together two of the biggest names in comedy- Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy. The film follows the story of Wylie Cooper (Dudley Moore), a hapless engineer working for a defense contractor who comes up with an idea for a new tank design. However, his idea is rejected by his superiors, and a rival company steals his design and passes it off as their own.

Meanwhile, in Africa, Lt. Landry (Eddie Murphy) is a soldier who is trying to keep order in a land with rebels and guerillas. When he stumbles upon the new tank design, he believes it will change the face of modern warfare and decides to steal it for his own country's use. But when Cooper realizes his idea has been stolen, he teams up with Landry to get it back.

As Cooper and Landry work together to get the plans for the tank back, they encounter a host of obstacles and misadventures, including an angry rhinoceros, a tribe of warriors, and a comical chase through the desert.

Best Defense is a movie that blends comedy and action perfectly. The jokes are witty and fast-paced, with both Moore and Murphy delivering their lines with impeccable comedic timing. At the same time, the action sequences are well-choreographed, and the suspense is palpable throughout the film.

One of the movie's strengths is the chemistry between Moore and Murphy. Despite their vastly different comedic styles, the two actors play off each other perfectly, with Moore's neurotic and bumbling character providing the perfect foil to Murphy's cool and collected soldier.

The film also boasts an excellent supporting cast, including Kate Capshaw as Laura Cromwell, the love interest of both Cooper and Landry, and David Rasche as the slimy executive who steals Cooper's design. The supporting cast provides plenty of laughs and helps elevate the film beyond a simple buddy comedy.

Overall, Best Defense is a hilarious and action-packed movie that delivers on both fronts. It may not be the most well-known film from either of its stars, but it's certainly worth a watch for fans of 80s comedies or action films.

Best Defense is a 1984 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 3.8 and a MetaScore of 29.

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    1 hr 34 min
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    3.8  (6,404)
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