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Wrong Is Right [DVD] [2004]

Sean Connery , George Grizzard , Richard Brooks    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Robert Conrad, Katharine Ross, G.D. Spradlin
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Writers: Richard Brooks, Charles McCarry
  • Producers: Richard Brooks, George Grenville, Andrew Fogelson
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000284AME
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,215 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Patrick Hale (Sean Connery) is a star reporter whose investigation of an international terrorist organisation uncovers possible links with the US government. Also involved are a group of arms dealers, some religious fanatics and a warmongering general - factors which, when combined, look set to bring about the end of the world! Director Richard Brooks mixes high drama with a satire on contemporary TV culture. Also known as 'The Man With the Deadly Lens'.


Terrorism and politics unite in this swift satire of the press, the presidency, and the panic button. Sean Connery stars.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Jan 2006
A mid-Eastern oil-producing country threatening to collude with a terrorist organisation intent on WMD attacks on New York. Sound topical? Made over 20 years ago this is topical as it gets, and hilarious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wonder if Saddam watched this ? 24 Nov 2010
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Wow - this film has the premise to the Iraq war years before the event. Reporters being massaged by politicians in trouble to get positive ratings etc. Weapons of mass destruction, government conspiracies (this time the "bombs" were on top of World Trade Center) and coverups. The usual Middle East crisis and destabilisation to those with vested interests etc. Ineffectual/indifferent President of The United States going to war... I had to pinch myself, was al-Qaida was born out of this film, suicide bombers everywhere, WMDs, destruction of the WTC - but they haven't got nukes yet - just waiting for the North Koreans or Iranians...

Print quality is ok, but not great, same for the sound, boxy/dry/dead. Worth a look, Sean Connery does hold the part convincingly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Man With the Deadly Lens 1 Nov 2008
Sean Connery is on top form in Richard Brooks' undervalued Wrong is Right (released outside the US as The Man With the Deadly Lens in a bizarre attempt to convince international audiences it was Connery's then impending comeback as James Bond!), a colossal box-office disaster in 1982 that suddenly seems relevant all over again as Connery's superstar TV reporter finds himself mixed up in various Middle East schemes involving two stolen nuclear bombs, terrorists, the CIA, an election campaign and chequebook journalism. Very much in the vein of The President's Analyst, albeit far less psychedelic, it's filled with great swipes at political double speak ("You deny it?" "Of course not: to deny it would be to admit that there was something to deny.") and the politics of celebrity (and vice versa) and holds up remarkably well.

Sadly no extras aside from trailers for Dr Srangelove, Finding Forrester and First Knight (but not the film itself) but a decent 1.85:1 widescreen transfer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Years Ahead Of Its Time 25 Nov 2012
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This was a film that used to be shown late at night, I videoed it on VHS as a consequence and taped over having never watched it. Wrong Is Right (Or The Man With The Deadly Lense) is creepily prescient, which I have only just discovered.

Sean Connery plays a globe-trotting investigative news reporter / camera man who is caught up in a Middle East / CIA conspiracy. He always seems to be at he right place at the right time in order to witness at first hand the next plot twist and to interview the plotters.

Although released in 1982, the presentation appears a little dated even for then, but it explores what was then perceived as the mass-media derived from satelite technology uncovering global conspiracies.

It's centred around Islamic terrorists launching a holy war against the USA, homeland terrorism in the States, the acquisition by the said terrorists of nuclear devices from dodgy arms dealers in order for them to be set off on US soil and their ultimatum threatening their use in order to blackmail the US President and the people.

But there is a twist! Wrong Is Right explores how the media can manipulate and be manipulated in order to influence public opinion polls in the run up to a presidential election. Is everything as it seems? Is the CIA really serving the American president and his people or just themselves. Who is wrong and who is right?

In the light of the Gulf and Afghan wars in the past decade, this film is remarkably precscient and prophetic; so much so as to make one think that it was the inspiration for those events.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Connery fans Wrong Is Right 23 Sep 2009
By Andy B
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I saw this years ago under the UK title The Man With The Deadly lens & thought it was a strange movie. Many years later in a nice wide screen DVD I still think the same. I am a huge Connery fan & so it's a must for me, but I think the film in it's bizarreness misses the point of being a satire on the role of TV & press in our society,

But still worth a watch & is now uncut from the UK earlier edit.
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