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Best Defense (1984)

R
94 min | Comedy, War

A military weapons engineer struggles to do his job responsibly, while a hapless tank commander has to live with the consequences in combat years later.
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Writers
Robert Grossbach (novel "Easy and Hard Ways Out") | Gloria Katz | Willard Huyck
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Donald Peterman (as Don Peterman)
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Budget
$18,000,000
Opening weekend
$7,872,297
Gross (US & Canada)
$19,265,302
Gross (World)
$19,265,302
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Release date
Jul 20, 1984 (United States)

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Dudley Moore
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Kate Capshaw
Laura Cooper Laura Cooper   See fewer
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George Dzundza
Steve Loparino Steve Loparino   See fewer
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Helen Shaver
Clair Lewis Clair Lewis   See fewer
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Mark Arnott
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Peter Michael Goetz
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Tom Noonan
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David Rasche
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Paul Comi
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Darryl Henriques
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Joel Polis
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John A. Zee
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Matthew Laurance
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Lorry Goldman
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Charles David Richards
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Tyler Tyhurst
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Eduardo Ricard
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Raye Birk
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John Hostetter
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Jerry Hyman
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3.6 / 10 | 5,149 votes