Topkapi (1964)

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



(screenplay), (based on the novel "The Light of Day")
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Titos Vandis ...
Harback (as Titos Wandis)
Ege Ernart ...
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Senih Orkan ...
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Ahmet Danyal Topatan ...
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Joe Dassin ...
Josef (as Joseph Dassin)
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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 <>

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2 September 1964 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Topkapi kincse  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.66 : 1
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Lots of fun and thrills in this colourful tongue in cheek heist adventure.
23 October 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Jules Dassin directed the classic hard-boiled 'Rififi' in the mid-50s. Ten years later he's at the heist genre again, but 'Topkapi' is a very different kind of movie. Gone is the realism and darkness of 'Rififi', which influenced many subsequent crime thrillers. Instead we have a good old fashioned adventure, which is quite tongue in cheek and very colourful and fun. The eclectic ensemble cast are all very good - Dassin's wife Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, and especially a knockout performance from Peter Ustinov, an actor I usually have little time for. The robbery sequence was "borrowed" thirty years later by Brian De Palma for 'Mission Impossible', but 'Topkapi' is the better of the two movies by far.

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