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Wrong Is Right (1982)




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Based on Charles McCarry's 1979 novel The Better Angels, Wrong is Right is set in a near future in which violence has become something of a national sport and television news has fallen to tabloid depths (a significantly bigger stretch in 1982, when the film was released.) Star Sean Connery plays Patrick Hale, a globe-trotting reporter with access to a staggering array of world leaders. As the film opens, he has ventured to the Arab country of Hegreb to interview his old acquaintance, King Ibn Awad (Ron Moody). Awad has learned that the President of the United States (George Grizzard) may have issued orders for his removal; as a result, Awad is apparently making arrangements to deliver two mini-nuclear devices -- each about the size of a small suitcase -- 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.

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Sean Connery
as Patrick Hale
George Grizzard
as President Lockwood
Robert Conrad
as General Wombat
Katharine Ross
as Sally Blake
John Saxon
as Homer Hubbard
Toby Hughes
as TV Cameraman
G.D. Spradlin
as Philindros
Rosalind Cash
as Mrs. Ford
Hardy Krüger
as Helmut Unger
Ron Moody
as King Awad
Joseph Whipp
as John Brown
Tom McFadden
as Billy Bob Harper
Ivy Bethune
as Housewife
Kiva Lawrence
as Receptionist
Barry Cahill
as Husband
Donald Bishop
as Congressman
Dianne Lynn Wilson
as Woman with Dog
Denis Hoppe
as Hagreb Officer
Milt Jamin
as Hagreb Doctor
Joe Whipp
as John Brown
Paul Lambert
as Defense Secretary
Suzanne Reynolds
as TV Reporter
David Frankham
as British Reporter
Ed Pennybacker
as U.S. Reporter
Ken Bibeau
as Marcus
Art Evans
as Guard
Mio Polo
as Guard
Dayna O'Brien
as President's Secretary
Pamela V. Kobbe
as Hale's Secretary
Claire Grenville
as Campaigner
Ken Gale
as News Staff
Kerry Sullivan
as News Staff
Ray Conners
as News Staff
Don Dunwell
as News Staff
Don Worsham
as News Staff
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Critic Reviews for Wrong Is Right

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Wild proceedings are packed with convoluted intrigue.

April 8, 2008 | Full Review…

Veering wildly between a quite well-written satire on the contemporary American political scene and a very ham-fisted nuclear blackmail thriller, its sheer eccentricity is quite engaging.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The star of Wrong Is Right is Sean Connery, giving the first uncertain performance of his otherwise exemplary career.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5

The result is a well-paced comedy based on exaggerated truths (violence, TV, politics) that keeps us smirking with recognition but never quite laughing out loud.

May 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Wrong Is Right is a mix of triviality and transcendence, nonsense or intelligence, opportunism and personal discourse, lies and truth. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The film is rather haphazard in its visual style and plotting, tallying up to a confused condemnation of our lack of morality.

April 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wrong Is Right

Without a doubt, one of the most prescient movies I've seen. Considering that it was made in the midst of the Cold War and it concerns oil crises and war in the Middle East, it is truly ahead of its times and right in the middle of ours. The performances are adequately hokey for the genre of satire, but too over-the-top for my taste ... esp. the opening voice over. Good social criticism, worth the time.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Most strangely prophetic movie I have ever seen. Truly horrific (funny at times) in its prescience.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Average black comedy about the TV world.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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