Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.
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A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.
Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime. Written by
The idea for this film came about because Warren Beatty felt indebted to Elaine May who wrote the screenplay for his hit movie Heaven Can Wait (1978), and she also did an uncredited screenplay write on his Oscar-winning Reds (1981). Beatty wanted to give May a chance to make a film that she was artistically and commercially capable of making and offered to produce and be the lead actor in it. May presented the idea to Beatty about a Hope-Crosby Road to... type picture, and wanted to get another co-star, possibly Dustin Hoffman to sign on. Hoffman originally turned the movie down because of "misgivings", but eventually changed his mind after meeting with Beatty and his friend and confidant Murray Schisgal. Hoffman, like Beatty was also indebted to May, as she did an uncredited writing job for his hit film Tootsie (1982). See more »
When Marty Freed is sitting with Chuck and Lyle, after he first hears their act, he puts his hand up to his mouth ("Let me tell you what I told Tony Bennett..."). In the next shot, the hand is on the table. See more »
I know it's not the best. Arsenic and Old Lace is the top comedy of all time. Citizen Kane the greatest film. Gone with the Wind the greatest epic.
Wizard of Oz the finest fantasy. And L.O.T.R. 1,2,3 trilogy is the ultimate film legend.
But for me, Ishtar is pure fun. I saw it when it came out. Bought the video. Watch it twice a year and have my daughter hooked on it too.
It's the Vinyl Cafe /Dave and Morley type of humour that gets me. I can't hold a tune with a forklift and I find the singing style and lyrics of Rogers and Clark inspirational.
I feel for these guys. The Warren Beatty line to Dustin Hoffman " You'd rather have nothing, than settle for less. " reminds me of my own ( self-deprecating ) personal credo, 'Lower your standards and achieve! "
These innocents are taken on a journey of discovery through Ishtar and back home to the struggle against 'lives of quiet desperation.'
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