Arabesque (1966)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  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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Complete credited cast:
Prof. David Pollock
Alan Badel ...
Kieron Moore ...
Yussef Kasim
Carl Duering ...
Hassan Jena
John Merivale ...
Maj. Sylvester Pennington Sloane
Duncan Lamont ...
George Coulouris ...
Ernest Clark ...
Harold Kasket ...
Mohammed Lufti


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 <>

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Ultra mod, ultra mad, ultra mystery


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Release Date:

5 May 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stanley Donen's Arabesque  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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last feature of John Merivale. See more »


In the race to the airport Gregory Peck guides the lorry into a wall and the section to the left of the truck is seen to collapse however, in the next shot the same section of wall is seen to be still standing. See more »


Beshraavi: Must you mismanage everything?
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Entertaining Romantic Thriller
9 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie is reminiscent of Charade in that it is a thriller that is lighthearted in places. Highlights of Arabesque are Gregory Peck playing the somewhat bumbling type, Sophia Loren's exotic beauty, and some memorable humorous situations like Pollack hiding in the shower with Jasmin while being questioned and later the two of them trailing the guy who drops the candy wrappers. The ending action sequence with the press conference, the horse chase, and the helicopter were also well done. All in all, very good entertainment, 7/10.

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