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Topkapi ()


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

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
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Elizabeth Lipp
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Arthur Simon Simpson
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Walter Harper
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Cedric Page
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Hans Fisher
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Giulio the Human Fly
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Gerven - the Cook
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Harback (as Titos Wandis)
Ege Ernart ...
Maj. Ali Tufan
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Josef (as Joseph Dassin)
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Voula
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Tavla Player at Hilton (uncredited)
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Nanny (uncredited)
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Turkish Cop (uncredited)
Selahattin Içsel ...
Tavla Player at Hilton (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jules Dassin

Written by

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

Produced by

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Jules Dassin ... producer
Roger Dwyre ... associate producer
Lee Katz ... associate producer (uncredited)

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Manos Hatzidakis ... (as Manos Hadjidakis)

Cinematography by

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Henri Alekan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Roger Dwyre

Editorial Department

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Patrick Clement-Bayard ... editor assistant
Johnny Dwyre ... editor assistant
Daniele Grimberg ... editor assistant (as Danielle Grimberg)

Costume Design by

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Deni Vachlioti ... (as Deni Vachlioti)

Makeup Department

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Amato Garbini ... makeup

Production Management

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André Cultet ... production manager (as Andre Cultet)
Claude Hauser ... assistant production manager
Stepan Melikyan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ali Cakus ... second assistant director
Joe Dassin ... second assistant director (as Joseph Dassin)
Stepan Melikyan ... second assistant director
Tom Pevsner ... assistant director

Art Department

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Jacques Douy ... sets assistant
Max Douy ... sets
André Labussière ... set dresser (as Andre Labussiere)

Sound Department

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William Robert Sivel ... sound engineer (as William Sivel)

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Jean Fouchet ... optical effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Philippe Brun ... cameraman: second unit
René Chabal ... assistant cameraman (as Rene Chabal)
Gilbert Chain ... cameraman
Roger Corbeau ... stillsman
Max Lechevallier ... assistant cameraman
Raymond Picon-Borel ... cameraman: second unit

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Deni Vachlioti ... costumes (as Denny Vachlioti)

Additional Crew

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Jean Fouchet ... main title
Lucie Lichtig ... script
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Plot Summary

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 of which he'd never dreamed. Written by David Carroll

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Taglines Join us - we'll cut you in on the theft of the century! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Zümrüt (United States)
  • The Light of Day (United States)
  • The Man in the Middle (United States)
  • Topukapi (Japan)
  • A Topkapi kincse (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Cited by Mission: Impossible (1966) series creator Bruce Geller as the inspiration for his own series. See more »
Goofs On the roof where the heist takes place, the camera's shadow is cast on one of the actors. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003). See more »
Soundtracks The Stars and Stripes Forever See more »
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) the words "There they go again!" are seen, 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 »
Quotes Elizabeth Lipp: Do you mind that I am a nymphomaniac?
Walter Harper: It's your most endearing quality.
Elizabeth Lipp: Don't waste it - use it.
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