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A conman gets mixed up with a group of thieves who plan to rob an Istanbul museum to retrieve a jeweled dagger.

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Monja Danischewsky (screenplay), Eric Ambler (based on the novel "The Light of Day")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melina Mercouri ... Elizabeth Lipp
Peter Ustinov ... Arthur Simon Simpson
Maximilian Schell ... Walter Harper
Robert Morley ... Cedric Page
Jess Hahn ... Hans Fisher
Gilles Ségal Gilles Ségal ... Giulio the Human Fly
Akim Tamiroff ... Gerven - the Cook
Titos Vandis ... Harback (as Titos Wandis)
Ege Ernart Ege Ernart ... Maj. Ali Tufan
Senih Orkan ... First Shadow
Ahmet Danyal Topatan Ahmet Danyal Topatan ... Second Shadow
Joe Dassin Joe Dassin ... Josef (as Joseph Dassin)
Despo Diamantidou ... Voula
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Storyline

A small-time con-man with passport problems gets mixed up with a gang of world-class jewelry thieves plotting to rob the Topkapi museum in Istanbul. Turkish intelligence, suspecting arms smuggling, gets involved, and under pressure the con-man rises to heights he'd never dreamed of. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Come on--you're cut in on the theft of the century! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Turkish | German | Greek | Italian

Release Date:

2 September 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Topkapi kincse See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,000,000, 31 December 1964
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Ambler's "The Light of Day" (1962), upon which this film 'based, is narrated by Arthur Simpson, the character played by Peter Ustinov in the film. Ambler also wrote a sequel, "Dirty Story" (1967), in which Arthur continues to relate his adventures, this time as a reluctant mercenary in Africa. See more »

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When the agent (in glasses) is marking a photograph with red texter, several extra lines appear on the photograph without him having drawn them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Lipp: It can be done! That's the way it can be done! Aaah... oh, excuse me; I've just had a great idea - something I've been looking for a long time... a very long time.
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At the beginning, the title and the technical credits are shown, but no credit is given to the actors or to the producer-director. However, at the end, (spoiler) we suddenly see the words "There they go again!", and all of the leading actors appear in a snowbound setting, together with their names. Then the names of all of the other actors, together with the name of the producer-director, appear on the screen. See more »

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References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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A Classic Heist
6 March 2004 | by EmperorNortonIISee all my reviews

"Topkapi" is a classic. In it, a group of criminals with a plan to break into the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, and steal a jewel-encrusted dagger. Melina Mercouri stars as Elizabeth Lipp, the mastermind behind the heist. Peter Ustinov is along for the ride as Arthur Simon Simpson, who does a good turn of comic relief. The movie shows beautiful shots of Greece and Turkey on its wild trip. It's similar to the original "Ocean's Eleven," as you root for the thieves. You find yourself hoping crime will pay! The last shot of the movie shows more of the fun spirit present in the movie. In the end, I wondered a little about the continuing adventures of the characters. Surely, this caper deserves investigation!


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