Best Defense 37 years old

Unfortunately, they're both on our side.

Best Defense

Wylie is a lazy engineer. Landry is a Sergeant specialising in Armour. They have never met but their lives become entangled when Landry must take the tank Wylie designed into combat. Wylie is waiting for his employer to go out of business when he meets another engineer who gives him a disk with the plans for a system that will save his employer. The other engineer is dead moments later leaving Wylie with the disk and credit for the design. Suddenly Wylie is no longer a hack, but the saviour of his company and finds his life is no longer the same.


Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy

Lieutenant T.M. Landry

Kate Capshaw
Kate Capshaw

Laura Cooper

George Dzundza
George Dzundza

Steve Loparino

Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore

Wylie Cooper

Helen Shaver
Helen Shaver

Clair Lewis

Best Defense Cast

Name Character
Eddie Murphy He was 23, now 60 years old as Lieutenant T.M. Landry
Helen Shaver She was 33, now 70 years old as Clair Lewis
George Dzundza He was 39, now 76 years old as Steve Loparino
Dudley Moore He was 49, 66 years old when he died as Wylie Cooper
Kate Capshaw She was 30, now 67 years old as Laura Cooper

Best Defense Crew

Name Department
Patrick Williams as Original Music Composer. He was 45 (79) years old when He died Sound
Donald Peterman as Director of Photography. He was 52 (79) years old when He died Camera
Robert Latham Brown as Unit Production Manager. He was 37 (now 74) years old Production
Peter Jamison as Production Design. He was 39 (66) years old when He died Art
Frank E. Warner as Supervising Sound Editor. Sound
Robin Gregory as Sound Mixer. He was 48 (68) years old when He died Sound
Sidney Wolinsky as Editor. He was 15 (now 21) years old Editing
Robert Grossbach as Novel. He was 43 (now 80) years old Writing
R. Chris Westlund as Set Decoration. Art
Willard Huyck as Director. He was 38 (now 76) years old Directing
Willard Huyck as Screenplay. He was 38 (now 76) years old Writing
Gloria Katz as Producer. She was 41 (76) years old when She died Production
Gloria Katz as Screenplay. She was 41 (76) years old when She died Writing
Austen Jewell as Unit Production Manager. Production
Martin Cohen as First Assistant Editor. He was 20 (now 57) years old Editing
Richard Stone as Music Editor. He was 70 (78) years old when He died Sound
Best Defense poster
Best Defense (37 years)

Unfortunately, they're both on our side.

  • Release day: Friday, July 20, 1984
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Budget: 18000000.00
  • Revenue: 19265302.00