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Topkapi (1964)

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Caper film about the theft of a jeweled dagger from an Istanbul museum.

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Hans Fisher
Gilles Ségal ...
Giulio the Human Fly
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Titos Vandis ...
Harback (as Titos Wandis)
Ege Ernart ...
Maj. Ali Tufan
Senih Orkan ...
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Joe Dassin ...
Josef (as Joseph Dassin)
Despo Diamantidou ...
Voula
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Storyline

A small-time con-man with passport problems gets mixed up with a gang of world-class jewelry thieves plotting to rob the Topkapi museum in Istanbul. Turkish intelligence, suspecting arms smuggling, gets involved, and under pressure the con-man rises to heights he'd never dreamed of. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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heist | museum | smuggling | caper | dagger | See All (63) »

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Let us introduce ourselves ...we're crooks (honest)! See more »


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Release Date:

2 September 1964 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Topkapi kincse  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the film when Peter Ustinov talks to tourists he says "Je parle Belgique" ("I speak Belgian"). A decade later he would play legendary Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. See more »

Goofs

On the roof where the heist takes place, the cameras shadow is cast on one of the actors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Lipp: It can be done! That's the way it can be done! Aaah... oh, excuse me; I've just had a great idea - something I've been looking for a long time... a very long time.
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At the beginning, the title and the technical credits are shown, but no credit is given to the actors or to the producer-director. However, at the end, (spoiler) we suddenly see the words "There they go again!", and all of the leading actors appear in a snowbound setting, together with their names. Then the names of all of the other actors, together with the name of the producer-director, appear on the screen. See more »

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Mission Impossible
18 October 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

One of the most entertaining heist films of all time. Full of original ideas, smartly written and joyfully directed. And, if all that wasn't enough, Peter Ustinov! He won his second Oscar as best supporting actor for this creation - an unsuccessful small time crook, intelligent enough to know that he's not intelligent enough - without country and without future. Ustinov soars. He is surrounded by a group of Euro-heavy weights, Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, Akim Tammiroff. The suspense, fun filled entrance to the Topkapi museum was stolen and disguised with a multi dollar budget by Brian De Palma and his accomplices in the first Mission Impossible without being able to duplicate the suspense, the fun, the humanity or the innocence of the proceedings. The locations are another treat, the music, the costumes and the honesty with which the dishonesty of the characters is portrayed. A true delight.


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