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Ishtar (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 15 May 1987 (USA)
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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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
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Siri Darma (as Christine Rose)
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Bartender (as Bob Girolami)
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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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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,331,817 (USA) (17 May 1987)

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$14,375,181 (USA)
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman; and four Oscar nominees: Isabelle Adjani, Carol Kane, Herb Gardner and Tess Harper. See more »

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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 »

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Chuck Clarke: I see her standing in the backyard of my mind, she cracks her knuckles and the scab that's on her knee won't go away. I see the woman waiting in her eyes and I can see the love but I can't see the Brooklyn Dodgers in LA.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror X (1999) See more »

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Sitting on the Edge of My Life
Lyrics and Music by Dustin Hoffman
Performed by Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman
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A truly under-rated film.
30 December 1998 | by (Woodbridge, VA) – See all my reviews

I have never understood the seemingly universal disapproval of this fine film. Is it "Reds"?...No. Is it "Rain Man"?...No. Was it intended to be?...Of course not.

Ishtar is a comedy of the first measure. Start with two struggling musicians trying to make it big, who find themselves trapped in a circle of espionage and intrigue in a far away land. Include some of the funniest text ever written for the big screen. Add two of the greatest actors of our day, Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, (both of whom are playing characters that could not be farther from the traditional roles that these actors have played, which was, I'm sure, a challenge in and of itself) and throw in a blind camel for good measure, and you have the recipe for a cinema classic. If this film had managed to avoid the negative press that it received early on, it would have gone done in history as one of the great comedies of the 1980's. Now, everyone wants to be on the "I hate Ishtar" bandwagon. It is truly unfortunate that this film has not received the credit that it deserves.

"Ishtar" is not the most under-rated film ever, but it may be close.


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