Wrong Is Right (1982)


Introduction

Wrong Is Right, released in the UK as The Man with the Deadly Lens, is a 1982 American comedy thriller film directed by Richard Brooks from his own script based on Charles McCarry’s novel The Better Angels.

The film, starring Sean Connery as TV news reporter Patrick Hale, is about the theft of two suitcase nukes.

Also known as The Man with the Deadly Lens (UK).

Outline

In the near future, violence has become something of a national sport and television news has fallen to tabloid depths. Patrick Hale, a globe-trotting reporter with access to a staggering array of world leaders, has ventured to the Arab country of Hegreb to interview his old acquaintance, King Ibn Awad.

Awad has learned that the President of the United States may have issued orders for his removal; as a result, Awad is apparently making arrangements to deliver two suitcase nukes to a terrorist, with the intention of detonating them in Israel and the United States, unless the President resigns.

In the intricate plot that unfolds, nothing is quite the way it seems, and Hale finds himself caught between political leaders, revolutionaries, CIA agents and other figures, trying to get to the bottom of it all.

Includes CIA trying to blow up Twin Towers and blaming terrorists for it. At the end they start a war on this pretext.

Cast

  • Sean Connery as Patrick Hale.
  • Robert Conrad as General Wombat.
  • George Grizzard as President Bedford Forrest “Frosty” Lockwood.
  • Katharine Ross as Sally Blake.
  • G.D. Spradlin as Jack Philindros.
  • John Saxon as Homer Hubbard.
  • Henry Silva as Rafeeq.
  • Leslie Nielsen as Franklin Mallory.
  • Hardy Krüger as Helmut Unger.
  • Robert Webber as Harvey.
  • Ron Moody as King Awad.
  • Rosalind Cash as Mrs. Ford.
  • Dean Stockwell as Hacker.
  • Cherie Michan as Erika.
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Young Girl.
  • Mickey Jones as Gunman.
  • Angelo Bertolini as Cardinal.

Awards

Rosalind Cash was nominated for an Image Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.

Trivia

  • This movie has been said to have possibly anticipated future world events. James Plath at “DVD Town” said of this movie that, “it’s impossible to watch it more than twenty years later without seeing a ton of eerie similarities to the Bush White House”, while Paul McElligott at “Celluloid Heroes” wrote: “The idea of the U.S. going to war in the Middle East over dubious claims of terrorists possessing weapons of mass destruction, specifically atomic bombs, is central to the plot. The discovery of the aforementioned bombs dangling from an antenna on top of the World Trade Center is probably far more chilling now than the filmmakers could ever have intended.”
  • The English home video release versions titled “The Man with the Deadly Lens” were cut first by two seconds, then re-released cut by seven seconds to reduce footage of a bomb being made from a light bulb.
    • However, the UK DVD released in 2004 titled “Wrong is Right” was apparently uncut.
  • One of this movie’s main posters was designed in painted artwork, featuring Sir Sean Connery standing in a James Bond-like pose with a television camera, instead of a gun, and with two girls in bikinis at his feet.
    • In the background, inside a circle (evoking a gun barrel), were two scenes of action, while in the air above, was a spy satellite.
    • All these elements were typical of the James Bond movie franchise, of which Connery had been a big part. This was not the original poster for this movie.
    • The Bond-type poster was used in various non-US markets, replacing the original poster, after this movie was a commercial failure in North America.
    • This was the second Sir Sean Connery non-Bond movie to have a Bond-like poster in just a few years, as the main movie poster for Cuba (1979), was also designed like a Bond movie poster.
  • This movie’s retitling from “Wrong Is Right” to “The Man With The Deadly Lens”, in English speaking territories, was to connect this movie with the James Bond franchise.
    • The new title connected most obviously with The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
    • Although, Sir Sean Connery did not star as James Bond in that movie, Sir Roger Moore did.
  • Writer, producer, and director Richard Brooks’ insistence on authenticity led him to an impressive variety of recognised experts in the field of atomic weapons and international terrorism.
    • Advanced nuclear research scientists were recruited, along with policy analysts at the prestigious Rand Corporation in his effort to equip the picture with the facts of the time and its tomorrow.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Richard Brooks.
  • Producer(s):
    • Richard Brooks … producer.
    • Andrew Fogelson … executive producer.
    • George Grenville … associate producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Charles McCarry … novel.
    • Richard Brooks … screenplay.
  • Music:
    • Artie Kane.
  • Cinematography:
    • Fred J. Koenekamp … director of photography (as Fred Koenekamp).
  • Editor(s):
    • George Grenville.
  • Production:
    • Columbia Pictures.
    • Rastar Productions (as Rastar).
  • Distributor(s):
    • Columbia Pictures (1982) (USA) (theatrical).
    • Columbia International Films (1982) (Netherlands) (theatrical).
    • Columbia Pictures Industries (1982) (Japan) (theatrical).
    • Columbia-EMI-Warner (1982) (UK) (theatrical).
    • Warner-Columbia Film (1982) (France) (theatrical).
    • Warner-Columbia Film (1982) (Sweden) (theatrical).
    • RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (1982) (USA) (VHS) (pan and scan).
    • Fox Columbia Film Distributors (1983) (Australia) (theatrical).
    • RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video (1983) (West Germany) (VHS).
    • RCA/Columbia-Hoyts Home Video (1980) (Australia) (video).
    • Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (2004) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2004) (USA) (DVD).
    • Columbia Films of India (1983) (India) (theatrical) (Bombay).
    • SPE Films India (1983) (India) (theatrical) (as Columbia Films of India).
    • Italia 1 (1991) (Italy) (TV).
  • Release Date: 03 May 1982 (USA Film Festival).
  • Running time: 117 minutes.
  • Rating: AA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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