Best Defense

Best Defense

Willard Huyck (1984)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This anti-establishment comedy from the writers of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was filmed as a Dudley Moore vehicle, but the result pleased nobody. After previews, the movie was recalled, rewritten and partially reshot, incorporating a very expensive Eddie Murphy (hot from Beverly Hills Cop), billed awkwardly as "Strategic Guest Star". They weren't kidding! It still doesn't work, but it's fascinating to see how Murphy was filmed without interfacing with the rest of the existing cast and action. The anti-Russian material is tasteless and the comedy genuinely unfunny, but Kate Capshaw (Mrs Steven Spielberg) and Helen Shaver make it watchable to a degree.


An engineer gets mixed up with the KGB and FBI while trying to complete a super-powered tank for the US military, while the soldier given the thankless task of testing the vehicle suffers a series of mishaps. Comedy, starring Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy.

Cast & Crew

Wylie Cooper Dudley Moore
Landry Eddie Murphy
Laura Kate Capshaw
Loparino George Dzundza
Claire Lewis Helen Shaver
Brank Mark Arnott
Frank Joyner Peter Michael Goetz
Holtzman Tom Noonan
Jeff David Rasche
Chief agent Paul Comi
Colonel Zayas Darryl Henriques
Director Willard Huyck
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes.Available on: video and DVD