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Arabesque (1966) Poster

(1966)

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Major Sylvester Pennington Sloane: I'm only checking your glasses. You look as though I want to drill your teeth. Do sit down, Professor Ragheeb. That doesn't sound English. Are you English, Professor Ragheeb?

Ragheeb: Why do you ask?

Major Sylvester Pennington Sloane: Oh, small talk, merely small talk. The weather's too dull and politics too explosive. I certainly didn't mean to pry.

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David Pollock: Follow that car!

Taxi Driver: All my life I have waited for somebody to say that!

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Major Sylvester Pennington Sloane: May I have a word with you please Professor Pollock?

David Pollock: Well... if it's about that small outstanding bill at the bookstore there is a simple explanation: Poverty.

Major Sylvester Pennington Sloane: No, it's nothing like that.

David Pollock: Oh, in that case, how do you do?

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Yasmin Azir: Why don't you tell them where the cipher is?

David Pollock: Becasue I don't know where it is.

Yasmin Azir: You told me you had it.

David Pollock: You told me lots of things too. Looks like we're just a pair of pathological liars.

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David Pollock: Let us through! That man's about to be killed!

Policeman: I hardly think so, sir. This is England!

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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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Yasmin Azir: This is like a recurring dream I used to have.

David Pollock: How did it end?

Yasmin Azir: Don't ask!

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David Pollock: I have a vivid imagination... I must say... I never saw myself unpacking a prime minister!

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Yasmin Azir: Are you burning it?

David Pollock: That's how you detect invisible ink. Weren't you ever in the Boy Scouts?

Yasmin Azir: I flunked the physical.

David Pollock: Should have tried my troop, we'd have waived it.

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David Pollock: There's nothing like a little kidnapping now and then to keep the circulation going.

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David Pollock: Very well sir, where would you like me to be murdered this time?

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Yasmin Azir: You've got to listen to me!

David Pollock: Boy, every time I try to listen to you someone either hits me over the head or tries to vaccinate me.

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David Pollock: I couldn't let you die without hearing the end of your story!

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David Pollock: I'll meet you in Knightsbridge at the Kelly Hotel. I'm registered there under the name of O'Malley.

Yasmin Azir: [confused] 'O'Malley'?

David Pollock: Yeah, there's a discount if you're Irish.

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David Pollock: [Giving instructions to the driver of a large truck which is blocking the road] All right, mate. Lots of room, lots of room. That's it. Keep on going. Lots of leeway back there.

David Pollock: Bring her on back, mate. Okay, fine. Plenty of leeway. Plenty of leeway. Lots of room. Right on back. Good.

[Rear end of truck smashes through a brick wall]

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Beshraavi: Before you came home, I received word that... Mr. Pollock had arrived safely in his rooms at Oxford.

Yasmin Azir: A hearty race, the Americans.

Beshraavi: I was also told that he was riding a bicycle... and singing a very strange song.

Yasmin Azir: A hearty and fun-loving race.

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Beshraavi: What do you suppose happened to Mustafa? He hasn't come back yet.

Yasmin Azir: Dead, I'm afraid.

Beshraavi: And servants so hard to come by these days...

Yasmin Azir: I saw several possible replacements at the zoo.

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Yasmin Azir: Yussef is not my boyfriend. I loathe him.

David Pollock: Of course you do. You just do what he tells you because he's holding your family hostage back in the old country.

Yasmin Azir: How did you know that?

David Pollock: Oh, come on. I've seen that movie.

Yasmin Azir: General Ali Ben Ali, the man he works for, threatened to kill my mother and sisters unless I cooperated with him.

David Pollock: And Beshraavi, who's he got, your Uncle Max from Newark?

Yasmin Azir: What do you mean?

David Pollock: Forget it. If you want to live with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, that's your business.

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Yasmin Azir: [At the races, both dressed up posh] Well, if it isn't Mr. Dillingham.

David Pollock: By Jove, it's actually Lady Hetherington-Cartwright.

Yasmin Azir: Don't overdo it.

David Pollock: I didn't know you could.

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David Pollock: Mrs. Ragheeb, I know this is a terrible time to trouble you, but I've got to know what that inscription means. I thought, perhaps, among your husband's notes... But he must have told you something. He must have mentioned where he got it, who gave it to him. We have to know.

Ragheeb's Wife: "We"? Who's "we"?

David Pollock: A girl. Her family's in great danger. Her mother and sisters, General Ali will kill them.

Ragheeb's Wife: Is the girl named Yasmin Azir?

David Pollock: Yes.

Ragheeb's Wife: And she told you that her mother and her sisters are in danger?

David Pollock: Yes.

Ragheeb's Wife: Yasmin has no such family, Mr Pollock. There is only her father. General Ali would never harm him.

David Pollock: Why not?

Ragheeb's Wife: Because General Ali *is* her father.

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Yasmin Azir: The police think you killed Webster. Have you seen the papers?

David Pollock: I don't care what they say as long as they spell my name right.

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Beshraavi: Mr. Pollock, very good of you to reonsider my proposal.

David Pollock: I always try my best to cooperate with the very rich Mr. Beshraavi.

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Yasmin Azir: $30,000 in exchange for your old age is a terrible bargain!

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David Pollock: ...and dear Miss Azire. You know, for a poor subjugated Arab lady you lead one hell of an emancipated life. Mr. Beshraavi on the one hand and Mr. Yussef Kasim on the other. Do you get Sundays off?

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Webster: That cipher, *where is it*?

David Pollock: Ask me later alligator.

Webster: *Where is it*?

David Pollock: I left it at Beshraavi's. After all, it belongs to him.

Yussef Kasim: Wrong again teach. He snatched it. Belongs to this cat right here. Now where is it?

David Pollock: Miss Azir, after all we've been through together couldn't you find it in your heart to put in a small word on my behalf?

Yasmin Azir: He told me he had it in his pocket.

David Pollock: [shaking head] Tattle tale.

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David Pollock: This isn't your house. This is my house, and you weren't invited, so go away!

Yasmin Azir: I didn't even know if you were alive, but I came to warn you anyway.

David Pollock: Warn me about what?

Yasmin Azir: Nazim's men. They are on their way here to get the cipher back. You've got to get away.

David Pollock: Now slow down a minute. Aren't you the same Miss Azir who just stood there while your friends tried to kill me?

Yasmin Azir: Oh David! You don't think I enjoyed that?

David Pollock: Oh! Well! So long as you didn't enjoy it!

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David Pollock: If I could find my head, I'd go get it examined.

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Yasmin Azir: Webster sold out to Nazim.

David Pollock: It must be a popular indoor sport these days.

Yasmin Azir: You're not including me i hope!

David Pollock: Of course not. We're believing you today.

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Beshraavi: Must you mismanage everything?

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Beshraavi: Oh - and if I don't hear from you by noon tomorrow - try and think of some remote corner of the world where I won't find you. I don't think you can - but try.

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Yasmin Azir: [At a construction site - after they've both lied about where they were going] David, you followed me, didn't you?

David Pollock: No, I didn't! You went to the embassy, and I came here to my hotel.

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Journalist: [Prime Minister has arrived, weather is quite rainy] What are your first impressions?

Hassan Jena: We could use some of your English rain in our dry country. In our country, there's a great deal of oil and very little water. A highly inflammable situation.

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Yasmin Azir: [Addressing a uniformed Queen's Guardsman, under whose foot an important scrap of paper has lodged] Excuse me, soldier...

David Pollock: [correcting her] He's a Guardsman.

Yasmin Azir: Excuse me, Guardsman. I'm sorry to bother you. I know you're on duty, but... there is something under your foot that belongs to us.

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Beshraavi: You mustn't mind Hassan, Mr. Pollock.

David Pollock: 'Hassan'?

Beshraavi: He's a peregrine falcon. I've named him Hassan Jena after our beloved prime minister. They share so many sterling qualities. A sharp eye, a fierce dedication, and *very* sharp claws. Hassan won't harm you, Mr. Pollock, if you don't separate him from his master. He is excessively loyal.

David Pollock: You keep him well fed, I trust.

Beshraavi: Of course. Nobody's *that* loyal.

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Beshraavi: [Offering Pollock a small platter of dried dates] Take a date, Mr. Pollock, as a gesture of friendship. I'm a very Arabian Arab, I'm afraid.

David Pollock: [Takes a date, then offers one to the falcon] Friends?

Beshraavi: Flesh, Mr. Pollock. Hassan eats only flesh.

David Pollock: I thought he looked at it wistfully.

Beshraavi: It must have been your fingers.

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Yasmin Azir: [Meeting Pollock for the first time] You're an American?

David Pollock: Yes sir, indeedy-do, Ma'am.

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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.

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Beshraavi: Extraordinary sensation. Perhaps it was the way he looked at you?

Yasmin Azir: Who?

Beshraavi: Pollock

Yasmin Azir: Darling, if you start getting jealous over everyone who looks at me, it will do terrible things to your blood pressure. I don't think you have to worry about college professors.

Beshraavi: Why not?

Yasmin Azir: They're only interested in work.

Beshraavi: They're the most dangerous kind, my love. They're such expert peekers.

Yasmin Azir: Don't worry. If I were standing stark naked in front of Mr. Pollock, he'd probably yawn.

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Yussef Kasim: To the point, daddy-o. Where's the cipher?

David Pollock: The cipher?

Yussef Kasim: Yeah, the cipher. We know you've got it. No point fooling. You're in the middle of nowhere. The Marines can't save you for democracy here.

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David Pollock: As long as you needed someone to sit down and work, I was your man. But the situation has changed somewhat. What you need now is someone with a Ph. D. in rough-house.

Hassan Jena: I did warn you that it might become dangerous.

David Pollock: Well, dangerous, sir, not lethal.

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David Pollock: Look, everyone's got problems, including me, so I'd just as soon not get mixed up in yours.

Yasmin Azir: But you are mixed up in them, whether you like it or not.

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David Pollock: In this cynical old world, you have to believe in something. So, it might as well be you.

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Yasmin Azir: The candy! You are brilliant!

David Pollock: The result of a clean mind and a healthy body.

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Hassan Jena: Mr. Pollock, what has happened?

David Pollock: Mr. Jena, there's been some trouble. A man was killed at Ascot today.

Hassan Jena: Yes, I heard. Have you also heard who it is they think killed him?

David Pollock: Mrs. Pollock's idiot son, David, that's who. I need your help.

Hassan Jena: I don't think there's anything I can do for you right now, besides suggesting you stay clear of the police.

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