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Ishtar (1987)

PG-13  |   |  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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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)  »

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Иштар  »

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$51,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,375,181 (USA)
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As of 2015, this is the last feature film to ever be directed by Elaine May. The film's extreme failure kept her away from the Hollywood scene until nine years later in 1996, when she wrote the screenplay for The Birdcage (1996), which was directed by her old comedy partner Mike Nichols. Two years later she re-teamed with Nichols to write Primary Colors (1998), for which she was nominated for an Oscar. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Chuck Clarke: [Reading a note passed by the waiter] Oh my God, this guy's a songwriter and he liked my song! He wants to buy me a drink!
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MY LIPS ON FIRE
Lyrics by Elaine May
Music by Warren Beatty
Performed by Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman
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my favourite movie as fun
18 September 2004 | by (Arnprior, Ontario) – See all my reviews

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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