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Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy try but fail to bring this flat comedy to life, while the story itself is hampered by intercutting between the years of 1982 in Los Angeles (Moore) and 1984 in Kuwait (Murphy), with no explanation of how these two disparate people and locations are related. Wylie (Moore) is an inept engineer trying to perfect a gyro system for his employers who contract projects with the U.S. defense department. Wylie accidentally gets some blueprints for another type of gyro -- and his company ...
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Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy try but fail to bring this flat comedy to life, while the story itself is hampered by intercutting between the years of 1982 in Los Angeles (Moore) and 1984 in Kuwait (Murphy), with no explanation of how these two disparate people and locations are related. Wylie (Moore) is an inept engineer trying to perfect a gyro system for his employers who contract projects with the U.S. defense department. Wylie accidentally gets some blueprints for another type of gyro -- and his company successfully manufactures the part, much to almost everyone's benefit. Unfortunately, these plans are coveted by a certain ruthless industrial spy (David Rasch), and the FBI itself is suspicious about the origins of the blueprints in Wylie's hands. Meanwhile (and in constant interspersed segments), Landry (Murphy) is trying to get his tank to stay on course, but no matter what he does the machine swerves and lunges at random -- could there be a gyro at fault here?
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English Mono; English subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • UPC: 097360158748
  • Original Release: 1984
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dudley Moore Wylie
Eddie Murphy Landry
Kate Capshaw Laura
Helen Shaver Claire
George Dzundza Loparino
David Rasche Jeff, Spy
Mark Arnott Brank
Peter Michael Goetz Joyner
Tom Noonan Holtzman
Ray Sharkey Radio Man
Yulis Ruval French Singer
Jennifer Wallace Waitress
Paul Comi Chief Agent
Darryl Henriques Col. Zayas
Joel Polis 1st Agent
John A. Zee Col. McGuinn
Christopher Maher Sayyid
Lorry Goldman Rupp
Tyler Tyhurst American Captain
Eduardo Ricard Garcia Vega
William Marquez Padilla
Deborah Fallender Toni
Raye Birk Sonny
Ellen Crawford Sonya
Gene Dynarski Gil
John Hostetter Quirk
David Paymer Kurly
Dennis Redfield Specs
Jerry Hyman Col. Kleinman
Gary Bayer Lubell
Paul Eiding Tourist
Stephen Bradley Deputy Director
Sanford Jensen 2nd Engineer
Gerald Jann Engineer
Renny Temple Coffee Machine Mover
Gabi Amrani Old Villager
Rozsika Halmos Seamstress
Jake Dengel Doorman
Burton Collins Cameraman
Jim Jansen Lieutenant
Javier Grajeda Freddie Gomez
Pamela Stonebrook Singer
Rick Dees Himself
Matthew Laurance Ali
Hugo L. Stanger Blevin
Technical Credits
Willard Huyck Director, Screenwriter
Robert Latham Brown Production Designer
Everett Creach Stunts
Rick Dees Stunts
John R. Elliott Special Effects
Robin Gregory Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Jamison Production Designer
Austen Jewell Production Manager
Austin Jewell Production Designer
Richard Johnson Special Effects
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Gloria Katz Producer, Screenwriter
Jennifer Parsons Costumes/Costume Designer
Giora Porter Set Decoration/Design
Ariel Roshko Art Director
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Robert W. Welch III Production Designer
R. Chris Westlund Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Williams Score Composer
Sidney Wolinsky Editor
Kristi Zea Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Kuwait [6:50]
2. Gone Awry [4:31]
3. New Design [1:06]
4. Flirting With Success [5:17]
5. Whole New Start [1:34]
6. Defense Contract [2:49]
7. Truth Exposed [4:42]
8. Snagged [1:06]
9. Sting Operation [4:21]
10. Chief Engineer [5:34]
11. Flawed [:40]
12. Dyp Gyro [3:36]
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Side #1 --
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   Set Up
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
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