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Arabesque (1966)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 5 May 1966 (USA)
Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics.

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Cast

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Prof. David Pollock
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Beshraavi
Kieron Moore ...
Yussef Kasim
Carl Duering ...
Hassan Jena
John Merivale ...
Maj. Sylvester Pennington Sloane
Duncan Lamont ...
Webster
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Ragheeb
Ernest Clark ...
Beauchamp
Harold Kasket ...
Mohammed Lufti
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Storyline

Professor David Pollock is an expert in ancient Arabic hieroglyphics. A Middle Eastern Prime Minister convinces Pollock to infiltrate the organization of a man named Beshraavi, who is involved in a plot against the Prime Minister. The nature of the plot is believed to be found in a hieroglyphic code. Beshraavi's mistress, Yasmin Azir is a mystery intertwined in the plot. Pollock needs her help, but when she repeatedly seems to double cross him in one escapade after another, he can't decide on whose side she is working. Ultimately working together, Pollock and Yasmin decipher the plot and set out to stop an assassination of the Prime Minister. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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Ultra mod, ultra mad, ultra mystery


Certificate:

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Release Date:

5 May 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stanley Donen's Arabesque  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Pierre Marton" who is part-credited with the screenplay is, in fact, Peter Stone, who had scripted Stanley Donen's previous film, "Charade". He was to use this pseudonym twice more in his career. "Marton" was the surname of his stepfather, George Marton, whilst the French word "pierre" can be either a name, meaning "Peter", or a noun, meaning "stone". See more »

Goofs

The chase scene through the London Zoo takes place at night. However the insert shots of various animals were clearly shot in broad daylight. See more »

Quotes

Major Sylvester Pennington Sloane: I'm only checking your glasses. You look as though I want to drill your teeth. Do sit down, Professor Ragheeb. That doesn't sound English. Are you English, Professor Ragheeb?
Ragheeb: Why do you ask?
Major Sylvester Pennington Sloane: Oh, small talk, merely small talk. The weather's too dull and politics too explosive. I certainly didn't mean to pry.
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Connections

Referenced in Récit de voyage (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

We've Loved Before (Yasmin's Theme)
Written and conducted by Henry Mancini
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Excellente-esquire
18 June 2005 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Not only is the whole cinematography clever (love those shots with actors in the mirrors) but this is one of those hidden gems from the '60s. The whole look and feel just oozes what you imagine the '60s to be--intrigue, mysterious/swarthy foreign spies, a totally cool/hot babe (Sophia Loren could not be any more gorgeous) and a handsome yet bumbling professor (Gregory Peck out harrison Ford-ing Harrison Ford years ahead of the curve). The dialog also sparkles with that old sort of Kate Hepburn--Cary Grant type interplay albeit at a much more languid and sexier pace. There are also hints of Hitchcock and Orson Welles in the story telling and directorial style.


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