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Topkapi (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  2 September 1964 (France)
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Caper film about the theft of a jeweled dagger from an Istanbul museum.

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Hans Fisher
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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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Ahmet Danyal Topatan ...
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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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(where the jewels are!) See more »


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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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Trivia

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

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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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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Marvelous Caper Flick
16 April 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Topkapi is a wonderful caper film that established the genre of the light heist flick. Much copied even to this day, it was a big international hit back in '64. Marvelous international cast (Ustinov's Oscar winning performance among them), exotic settings and a great climax is pure entertainment. Ustinov, Melina Mercouri, Max Shell, Robert Morley, Akim Tamiroff (demented!) and more. What a terrific international all star cast! Exciting movie in it's day, though some of the effects are dated to the 60's. If it seems a bit slow at the beginning (by today's standards), give it a chance. The climax art museum theft scene is one of the great moments in film - don't miss it!


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