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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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Cast

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Jim Harrison
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Marty Freed
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Willa
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Carol
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Emir Yousef
Fijad Hageb ...
Abdul (as Fuad Hageb)
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Mr. Clarke
Rose Arrick ...
Mrs.Clarke
Julie Garfield ...
Dorothy
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Siri Darma (as Christine Rose)
Robert V. Girolami ...
Bartender (as Bob Girolami)
Abe Kroll ...
Mr. Thomopoulos
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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 Stern

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15 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Иштар  »

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$51,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,375,181 (USA)
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Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright are fans of the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Caid of Assari: I am Ahmad bin Ali. I am the Caid of Assari. It was I that called out "Yellow Rose of Texas". Perhaps you would care to entertain at my worthless palace?
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Referenced in Animaniacs: Spell-Bound (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Love in My Will
Lyrics by Elaine May and Paul Williams
Music by Paul Williams
Performed by Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman
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Unable to understand vast dislike
3 October 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

I am aware of much of the criticism this movie received. Basically that it was awful and not worth seeing. To all those who have said such words I just have to ask, what movie were you watching? In my opinion Ishtar was a wonderful movie. It's about two grown men, whose only dream is to become great musicians but are so horrible that no one will have them but the tourist industry in Morocco. All the songs that these two, Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman, sing are written by Elaine May and I found them to be simply hysterical. Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman make a great team, with humor vaguely reminiscent of Woody Allen. This is one of the only movies in which you get to see Warren act in such a way. I would defiantly recommend it to anyone despite its poor reviews.


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