A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
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
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The title of the film refers to the Topkapi palace built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in 1459, after the fall of the Byzantine Empire.The Ottoman sultans made their main residence in the Topkapi palace for 400 years. It became a museum in 1924 and its hundreds of rooms contain numerous collections of historical and religious relics, treasures and jewelry. Topkapi means Cannon Gate in the Turkish language. See more »
When the agent (in glasses) is marking a photograph with red texter, several extra lines appear on the photograph without him having drawn them. See more »
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. [/spoiler] See more »
A fascinating guide to the jewel of the Dardanelles...
Melina Mercouri introduces herself as a thief who doesn't hide the way she feels about the most wonderful emeralds She wants to rob a dagger encrusted with fascinating gemstones
One of her potential partners is her former lover Maximilian Schell, a very distinguished crook who fights at his best when he fights in a corner Schell wants to pick his crew from amateurs with no police records, and strike the most protected fortress
Peter Ustinov won his first Best Supporting Oscar for his amusing performance as the clever middle-aged 'nobody' who could have gone far but he always plays for small stakes
Ustinov is the victim of circumstances, caught at the Turkish border with a riffle and six grenades For that, his mission is to spy on the spies, and report to the Turkish security everything he overhears-no matter how trivial it may seem to him The police gives him a chance to prove that he is not a terrorist He accepts to work with them
With a funny toy man who proposes to get into the palace museum without touching the floor; a mute acrobat who talks with his whole body; a mad muscle man who hates a drunken cook; a showman with no problems at the customs border; plus Islamic mosques; ancient streets; colorful bazaars; oiled wrestlers; talented belly dancers; and fable roofs; "Topkapi" overlooks both the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus, offering bright moments with a final suspense sequence in the 'Rififi' manner
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