Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. ... See full summary »
Melina Mercouri plays an actress who is attempting a comeback with a staging of the Greek tragedy "Medea" (about a woman who kills her children) in her native Greece. As a publicity stunt, ... See full summary »
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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
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Six weeks after the release of Topkapi, a similar, real-life heist took place at a New York City museum. Although 22 gems were stolen, they were recovered within 48 hours. See more »
When the team members are watching the wrestling matches before the heist, Mercouri's hairstyle changes from shot to shot (pulled back, loose) 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. See more »
Heist stories are usually appealing to me, and this one is, too, despite the fact the actual jewelry heist doesn't take place until the last 15 minutes out of two- hour movie! Today, this would probably be considered way too slow, compared to most modern crime movies.
Nonetheless, I thought the story of it all was interesting enough to keep one's attention, Peter Ustinov won honors for his performance which, indeed, steals the spotlight from the two others stars of the film, Melina Mercouri and Maximllian Shell.
For a "leading lady," and one who is portrayed or at least has the air of a sexy woman, I found Mercouri anything but that. In fact, I thought she bordered on being repulsive, especially with those 1960s fake eyelashes. She was the worst part of this film.
There is decent photography in here and some good Greek music which plays throughout the film. It gives the movie a unique flavor, something akin to the zither played in "The Third Man."
Overall, a pretty good movie but a bit overrated by the critics.
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