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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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Willa
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Carol
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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)  »

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Иштар  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$14,375,181 (USA)
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At the 2007's Golden Globes, when Warren Beatty received the Cecil B. De Mille award for his career, host Dustin Hoffman jokingly announced that despite the lack of acknowledgment by the Globes on Ishtar while showing clips from Beatty's films (claiming that the Ishtar clip only lasted five seconds on the screen), a sequel for the film was in development. See more »

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By the chandelier when Jim talks to the Emir. See more »

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Emir Yousef: The enemy of my enemies is my friend.
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That's Amore
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Harry Warren
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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