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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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Jess Hahn ...
Hans Fisher
Gilles Ségal ...
Giulio the Human Fly
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Gerven the Cook
Titos Vandis ...
Harback (as Titos Wandis)
Ege Ernart ...
Maj. Ali Tufan
Senih Orkan ...
First Shadow
Ahmet Danyal Topatan ...
Second Shadow
Joseph Dassin ...
Josef
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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museum | smuggling | theft | dagger | caper | See more »

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Join us - we'll cut you in on the theft of the century! See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »
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2 September 1964 (France)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Ambler's "The Light of Day" (1962), upon which "Topkapi" was based, is narrated by Arthur Simpson, the character played by Peter Ustinov in the film. Ambler also wrote a sequel, "Dirty Story" (1967), in which Arthur continues to relate his adventures, this time as a reluctant mercenary in Africa. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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. [/spoiler] See more »

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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited) (1896)
Written by John Philip Sousa
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A Charming and Colorful Adventure
28 July 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

Beautiful location scenes in Turkey and at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Memorable and enjoyable characters. A taught burglary - copied by Tom Cruise in the awful Mission Imposible movie. This sums up this good-natured film about the involved plot to steal a priceless jeweled dagger from the heart of the former sultan's palace despite state-of-the-art security. A charming, colorful movie. Peter Ustinov is especially good.


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