Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wrong Is Right (1982)

Director: Richard Brooks

Starring: Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Robert Conrad, Katharine Ross, G.D. Spradlin, John Saxon, Henry Silva, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Webber, Rosalind Cash, Hardy Kruger, Dean Stockwell, Ron Moody, Jennifer Jason Leigh

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Only Patrick Hale can prevent a desperate president, the head of the CIA, a trigger happy general, terrorists, an arms dealer, and religious fanatics from destroying our world, But he has other things on his mind.

Plot: A satire of American news reporting, Covert Agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads TV Newsman Patrick Hale on an international chase to track them down, and uncover the twisting maze of apparent involvement of US Government agencies.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

While WIR is a satire and black comedy, it begins and ends as a farce.  What's left in the middle skirts comedy and political drama.  Connery is always fun to watch and there are a lot of familiar faces in this one.  Not all of the gags work (I found a lot of them didn't).  Robert Conrad plays the stereotypical war monger general.  He's got a funny moment...

The movie's OK I suppose.  It runs at about two hours which seemed about a half hour too long.  The story just keeps going and going and going, ending with a threat of two atomic bombs going off in NYC and it's a race-the-clock finish.  It's only in the final minutes does the fun come back ending with this completely unexpected and hilarious bit...

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