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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Release Date:

5 May 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stanley Donen's Arabesque  »

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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 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

Sloan says he was with the 42nd Highland Fusiliers. The 42nd is in fact the Black Watch and no one from that regt would ever refer to themselves as anything other than the Black Watch. See more »

Quotes

David Pollock: Those stairs must lead somewhere.
Yasmin Azir: Are you sure?
David Pollock: If they don't, watch out for the last one!
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VERY APPEALING 60's STAR VEHICLE
4 November 1999 | by (CARDIFF,WALES) – See all my reviews

In the 60's there were a lot of one word comedy spy movies following the success of "CHARADE". We had "GAMBIT", "KALEIDOSCOPE","MIRAGE" and the best of them all "ARABESQUE". This stylish and quite intricately plotted thriller starred Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren giving power-packed,true glamorous movie star performances and apparently loving every minute of it.This feeling is transferred to the audience who is given much to enjoy.Excellently chosen London locations,well chosen supporting actors and a number of suspenseful and story driven action setpieces which give the movie a Bondish feel.The climax is exciting as Peck and Loren are chased on horseback by the villain's helicopter.The music too by Henry Mancini is catchy and has an Eastern feel to it in keeping with the plot and characters.Loren is at her beautiful and stunning best here and makes you wonder why it is that gentlemen prefer blondes,this reviewer certainly does not!


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