Wrong Is Right
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|Wrong Is Right|
|Directed by||Richard Brooks|
|Written by||Richard Brooks|
|Based on||The Better Angels|
by Charles McCarry
|Cinematography||Fred J. Koenekamp|
|Edited by||George Grenville|
|Music by||Artie Kane|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
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.
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.
- 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