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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
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Giulio the Human Fly
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Titos Vandis ...
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Ege Ernart ...
Maj. Ali Tufan
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Second Shadow
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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Join us - we'll cut you in on the theft of the century! 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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1.66 : 1
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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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Flawless Heist Film
21 January 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Geez, I can't get over all the sour comments about this film on this site. Long? Boring? These must be the feelings of MTV kids who can't focus on an image for longer than thirty seconds... For the rest of you looking for the perfect caper film, look no farther. Exotic locale... great cast... memorable score... Topkapi has it all. In my opinion, this is a far superior film to Jules Dassin's earlier Riffifi. Topkapi is glamorous, funny, exciting -- but above all, fun.


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