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Defense Play (1988)

PG | | Action, Drama | September 1988 (USA)
Professor Vandemeer works on a secret project for the US-Air-Force called DART: a very small helicopter for scouting and defense. When he gets killed, Colonel Denton gets under suspicion. ... See full summary »


Monte Markham


Aubrey Solomon (screenplay), Steve Greenberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Oliver ... Scott Denton
Susan Ursitti ... Karen Vandemeer
Monte Markham ... Mark Denton
Eric Gilliom Eric Gilliom ... Bill Starkey
Jamie McMurray ... Norm Beltzer
Jack Esformes ... Eddie Dietz
William Frankfather ... General Phillips
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ... Chief Gill
Milos Kirek Milos Kirek ... Anton
Patch Mackenzie ... Ann Denton
Terence Cooper Terence Cooper ... Professor Vandemeer
Susan Krebs ... Margaret Fields
Jonathon Wise Jonathon Wise ... Nick
Dah-ve Chodan Dah-ve Chodan ... Audrey Denton
Ron Recasner Ron Recasner ... Mike Agee


Professor Vandemeer works on a secret project for the US-Air-Force called DART: a very small helicopter for scouting and defense. When he gets killed, Colonel Denton gets under suspicion. His son Scott and Vandemeers daughter Karen believe in his innocence and search for the true murderer and his motives. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The Air Force's new weapon looks like a toy--but the KGB is not playing games.


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Release Date:

September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asepeli See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Kodiak Films See more »
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Ultra Stereo


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The previous year, Ulli Lommel's Defense Play (1987) was released and shares a similar premise to this film and is often confused with this film. See more »

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Eat Lunch and Watch a Movie
25 February 2006 | by professor-xSee all my reviews

For some reason I've found it my duty to push my hands through the muck of 80's film until something worthwhile rises to the surface. There are so many trashy 80's films geared toward teens and the immature college crowd, it can be overwhelming trying to find treasure within all of the trash.

I was mostly interested in Defense Play because of Susan Ursitti. I had just watched Teen Wolf the night before, and wondered where the likable Boof had gone. Defense Play was her next feature film. While Ursitti's dialogue was stilted, she was still the most charming character of the lot.

There are a few other seasoned 80's supporting actors peppered in here and there, but most of the screen-time is hogged by our generic hunk David Oliver. It's hard for people to sympathize with a spoiled athletic military college playboy, but Oliver managed to be fairly tolerable while having everything.

Other than Ursitti, the poster art and plot were the true hooks for me, full of 80s shticks. Airwolf meets Russian war games? Smartly (budget-wise) the movie features a radio controlled military drone gone amok, and the jet stock footage that favors can buy.

The plot was predictable, and I knew who the secret bad guy was by the second act, but the chuckle factor was pretty high. If you now what to expect, you won't be disappointed. It's a cheesy 80's movie, that barely avoided going directly to VHS.

Make a sandwich, eat some chips through the bag dialog, and all will be well.

OTHER 80's B SCI-FI that has risen to the surface: Timerider - The Keep - Ghost Warrior

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