Wrong Is Right

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Wrong Is Right
Wrong is right.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byRichard Brooks
Written byRichard Brooks
Based onThe Better Angels
by Charles McCarry
Produced by
CinematographyFred J. Koenekamp
Edited byGeorge Grenville
Music byArtie Kane
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16)
Running time
117 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million
Box office$3,583,513[2]

Wrong Is Right, released in the UK as The Man with the Deadly Lens, is a 1982 American comedy thriller film written, produced and directed by Richard Brooks, 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.[1]


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.

In the final twist, the government, with Hale in tow, locates two atomic bombs supposedly planted by terrorist "Rafeeq" atop the World Trade Center. The U.S. uses this as pretext for invading the Middle East and taking possession of oilfields. Hale correctly intuits that the government had planted the bombs in order to rally U.S. support for the invasion, but gladly covers the story the way the government wants in exchange for front-line access to film the action.



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

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  1. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (April 16, 1982). "'WRONG IS RIGHT,' GLOBE-HOPPING THRILLER". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Wrong is right". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 15, 2007.

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