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Topkapi (1964)

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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.

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(screenplay), (based on the novel "The Light of Day")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Elizabeth Lipp
... Arthur Simon Simpson
... Walter Harper
... Cedric Page
... Hans Fisher
Gilles Ségal ... Giulio the Human Fly
... Gerven - the Cook
... Harback (as Titos Wandis)
Ege Ernart ... Maj. Ali Tufan
... First Shadow
Ahmet Danyal Topatan ... Second Shadow
Joe Dassin ... Josef (as Joseph Dassin)
... Voula
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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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It's for Thursday, darling, in Istanbul...we've got a leather vest, a surgeon's lamp, a suction cup and a boy-scout knot, also a mastermind, an electronics genius - and a schmo. Come on - you're cut in on the theft of the century! See more »


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2 September 1964 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Topkapi kincse  »

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Gross USA:

$7,000,000, 31 December 1964
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the film refers to the Topkapi Palace built, by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in 1459, after the fall of the Byzantine Empire.The Ottoman sultans made their main residence in the Topkapi palace for 400 years. It became a museum in 1924 and its hundreds of rooms contain numerous collections of historical and religious relics, treasures and jewelry. Topkapi means "Cannon Gate" in the Turkish language. See more »

Goofs

At runtime 00:57 when Arthur pulls the couch by a rope Elizabeth sits and lays in three different positions depending on which camera shows the scene. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Pare, kosme! (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited) (1896)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played when Elizabeth steps on Cedric's mock-up of the security platform
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A Classic Heist
6 March 2004 | by See 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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