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Ishtar (1987)

 -  Action | Adventure | Comedy  -  15 May 1987 (USA)
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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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Marty Freed
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Carol
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Mr. Clarke
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Siri Darma (as Christine Rose)
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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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The film's budget was $55 million; it bombed at the box office, making only $12.7 million, a loss of over $42 million. See more »

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Chuck Clarke: [Chuck and Lyle are songwriting at the bar after closing time] Can't we just have half an hour?
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Lyle Rogers: [Playing furiously] Give me half an hour!
Chuck Clarke: Like the last half-hour!
Lyle Rogers: Give me half an hour!
Chuck Clarke: Like the last half-hour!
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I'M QUITTING HIGH SCHOOL
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The Truth About Ishtar!
8 January 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This is actually a brilliant comedy that utilizes the subtle jab to the funny bone rather than the thundering blow. Unfortunately, this type of humor died out sometime in the middle of the television show NEWHART's run. Why? Read The Wasteland! I don't know! Ishtar works in the same vein as Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges. No, the jokes do not come out and slap you in the face... You have to look for them to find them. Needless to say, do not rent this if you want a cathartic, mindless jolt. However, do not slam this movie just because it isn't slaptick or screwball. (Which are the only kind of comedies made anymore!) Elaine May comes from the comedy team of Nichols and May (Yes, Mike Nichols! [In fact one could argue that the comedy in The Graduate is bad for the same reasons as the comedy in Ishtar is supposedly bad.]). This duo practically perfected the witty, acerbic brand of humor which is now completely missed and misunderstood but was used masterfully in this film. In the age of Saturday Night Live and Ace Ventura, a comedy of this sort most assuredly would bomb and continue bombing. Nevertheless, if you are sick and tired of being force-fed ridiculously bad, hackneyed comedy then I suggest renting Ishtar (then buying some Nichols and May albums and watching the Bob Newhart reruns on Nick at Nite). Oh... Carter was President when I was born by the way... This is not nostalgia!


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