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Release Date:
5 May 1966 (USA) See more »
Ultra mod, ultra mad, ultra mystery
Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Little Hitchcock Style, A Little James Bond Style, A Lot of Fun! See more (83 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Prof. David Pollock

Sophia Loren ... Yasmin Azir

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Alexander ... Racegoer (uncredited)
Michael Bilton ... Camera Shop Owner (uncredited)
Ernest Blyth ... Man at Gatwick Airport (uncredited)

Windsor Davies ... Policeman in Car Crash (uncredited)
Jimmy Gardner ... Hemsley (uncredited)
Gordon Griffin ... Fanshaw (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Racegoer (uncredited)
Juba Kennerley ... Racegoer (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Racegoer (uncredited)
Harry Locke ... Zoo Guard (uncredited)
Malya Nappi ... Ragheeb's Wife (uncredited)
James Payne ... Driving the Kidnap Lorry (uncredited)
Robert Rowland ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Julie Shaw ... Fanshaw's girlfriend (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Racegoer (uncredited)

Larry Taylor ... Beshraavi's Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
Writing credits
Julian Mitchell (screenplay) &
Stanley Price (screenplay) &
Peter Stone (screenplay) (as Pierre Marton)

Gordon Cotler (novel "The Cypher")

Produced by
Stanley Donen .... producer
Denis Holt .... associate producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis 
Film Editing by
Frederick Wilson 
Art Direction by
Reece Pemberton 
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
Production Management
David W. Orton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Jordan .... second unit director (as John M. Jordan)
Eric Rattray .... assistant director
Stuart Black .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Terence A. Clegg .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Hoult .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Bennison .... draughtsman (uncredited)
David Bill .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Roy Dorman .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
C. Le Mesurier .... sound mixer (as C. Le Messurier)
John W. Mitchell .... sound mixer
Don Sharpe .... dubbing editor
Ken Barker .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Ron Butcher .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Archie Ludski .... additional dubbing editor (uncredited)
Larry Thompson .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Wally Armitage .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Jim Hole .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... horse stunt double: Gregory Peck (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Pam de Boulay .... stunt double: Sophia Loren (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunt double: (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunt double: Gregory Peck (uncredited)
Jack Silk .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Alan Stuart .... stunt driver: Gregory Peck (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
Colin Corby .... focus puller (uncredited)
Michael Garfath .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Laurie Shane .... electrician (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Pepita Fairfax .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Thom Noble .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
John Scott .... musician: flute, saxophone (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main title
Arthur Carroll .... production executive
Constance Willis .... continuity
Jean Hall .... production secretary (uncredited)
Doreen Landry .... publicity director (uncredited)
Maurice Landsberger .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stanley Donen's Arabesque" - USA (complete title)
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105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2000) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: The interior of the Rolls Royce at the beginning changes between shots.See more »
Yasmin Azir:The candy! You are brilliant!
David Pollock:The result of a clean mind and a healthy body.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Récit de voyage (2005) (V)See more »
We've Loved Before (Yasmin's Theme)See more »


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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A Little Hitchcock Style, A Little James Bond Style, A Lot of Fun!, 31 March 2002
Author: Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci (dtb) from Whitehall, PA

ARABESQUE is another fab Universal romantic thriller in the grand CHARADE tradition, including some of the same personnel! If director Stanley Donen's classic 1963 comedy-thriller CHARADE is Hitchcock Lite, then ARABESQUE is Hitchcock Lite after taking a few classes in James Bond 101 (including an opening title sequence by Maurice Binder, who also did the honors for CHARADE as well as for most of the Bond movies). As the hieroglyphics expert embroiled in Middle Eastern intrigue while decoding the cipher everyone's after, the usual slightly wooden note in Gregory Peck's delivery is oddly effective as he tries to loosen up and deliver Cary Grant-like witticisms (from co-scripter "Pierre Marton," a.k.a. CHARADE alumnus Peter Stone). Peck may not be Mr. Glib, but he's so inherently likable and seems so delighted to get an opportunity to deliver bon mots after all his serious roles that he's downright endearing, like a child trying out new words for the first time. And co-star Sophia Loren, at her most alluring as an Arab femme fatale, can make any guy look suave and sexy! Alan Badel, looking like a polished Peter Sellers in cool shades, virtually steals his scenes as the suave-bordering-on-unctuous villain with a foot fetish. Shoe lovers will swoon over the scene with Badel fitting the lovely Loren with a roomful of fancy footwear. Speaking of things of beauty, Christopher Challis's dazzling, inventive cinematography won the BAFTA (the British equivalent of the Oscars), and Christian Dior got a BAFTA nomination for Loren's elegant costumes. Suspenseful and sparkling as this twist-filled adventure is, ARABESQUE's biggest mystery is why it's still only available in VHS format. If this gem ever gets deluxe treatment as a DVD (including letterboxing, please!), I sure hope they get Donen and Loren together to do the kind of entertaining, informative commentary that Donen did with the late, great Stone for Criterion's CHARADE DVD. In the meantime, ARABESQUE turns up on American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies periodically, so check your TV listings -- this fun thriller is worth seeking out! UPDATE FOR 2012: ARABESQUE is now available from Universal in a six-DVD Gregory Peck collectors' set, along with MIRAGE, CAPE FEAR, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D., and THE WORLD IN HIS ARMS!

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