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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 »
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  (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?

Gregory Peck found the stunts particularly difficult because of an old leg injury due to horseback riding. So during the cornstalk scene Peck had to keep telling Sophia Loren to slow down because it looked as if she were rescuing him and not the other way around.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Arab character Beshraavi mispronounces the name Mustafa. An Arab educated in English would still say Arab names in their original pronunciation.See more »
Beshraavi:Mr. Pollock, some Bedouins are in the habit of saying to their guests, "All that I possess is yours"... I am not one of them.See more »
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39 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Alfred Hitchcock Meets James Bond, 12 December 2004
Author: estabansmythe from Azusa, CA

If I had the impossible task of naming one film as "My Favorite Most Enjoyable Movie" this and it's bookend, "Charade," would be it.

It is Stanley Donen's near perfect blend of Alfred Hitchcock meets James Bond. Donen made two simply wonderful films in the Hitchcock mold. The first was Charade in 1963 with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Arabesque is the second. They make a marvelous bookend set.

Both films are light, breezy and loaded with wit and humorous dialog. Both feature classic Henry Mancini scores, stylish female ward-robing by the likes of Givenchy and Christian Dior and both feature memorable titles by 007's legendary title master, Maurice Binder.

But it's Arabesque's wildly inventive cinematography which sets it apart from virtually every other action film. The cinematography is pure art school. It's amazingly inventive use of reflection and shot within a shot camera work is what first interested me in the art of cinematography as a teenager. The cinematography in Arabesque fascinates me and entertains me no end to this day.

Gregory Peck's square yet hip college professor plays perfectly with Sophia Loren's chic spy - and Sophia was never more flat-out stunning. Wow! Check out Arabesque. It's two hours of great fun.

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