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Arabesque (1966)

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

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Prof. David Pollock
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Alan Badel ...
Beshraavi
Kieron Moore ...
Yussef Kasim
Carl Duering ...
Hassan Jena
John Merivale ...
Maj. Sylvester Pennington Sloane
Duncan Lamont ...
Webster
George Coulouris ...
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


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5 May 1966 (USA)  »

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Stanley Donen's Arabesque  »

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Trivia

The part of David Pollock was originally written for Cary Grant. When Gregory Peck had trouble getting the humor right in a line, he'd smile and tell director Stanley Donen "Remember, I'm no Cary Grant." See more »

Goofs

In the aquarium scene, Mustafa is shot with a revolver fitted with a silencer. Silencers do not work on revolvers, only automatic pistols. See more »

Quotes

David Pollock: In this cynical old world, you have to believe in something. So, it might as well be you.
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Great beauty and great fun! What more could one want? (Other than a coherent storyline . . .)
25 April 2000 | by (USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

This has got to be one of the most beautifully photographed movies ever made. Stanley Donen really knows how to use the camera, shooting through chandeliers, using double mirrors for endless reflections, using ordinary objects to highlight the extraordinary--this movie is so wonderfully cinematic that the lack of a serious plot is almost negligible. Not to mention the presence of Gregory Peck, the beautiful Sophia Loren as well as the Henry Mancini score and the titles by Maurice Binder only add to the icing on the cake! "Pierre Marton" (yeah, we all know it's Peter Stone)'s script is sparklingly quotable and provides great fun and great entertainment--just don't think too hard about the plot when you're watching this. "Arabesque" should set the standard in cinematic beauty and it's a shame that this movie isn't more widely shown or known about. Just what happened to that song "We've Loved Before" that was composed for this film?


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