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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 C.I.A., the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.

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Elaine May

Writer:

Elaine May
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... Lyle Rogers
Dustin Hoffman ... Chuck Clarke
Isabelle Adjani ... Shirra Assel
Charles Grodin ... Jim Harrison
Jack Weston ... Marty Freed
Tess Harper ... Willa
Carol Kane ... Carol
Aharon Ipalé ... Emir Yousef
Fijad Hageb Fijad Hageb ... Abdul (as Fuad Hageb)
David Margulies ... Mr. Clarke
Rose Arrick Rose Arrick ... Mrs. Clarke
Julie Garfield Julie Garfield ... Dorothy
Cristine Rose ... Siri Darma (as Christine Rose)
Robert V. Girolami Robert V. Girolami ... Bartender (as Bob Girolami)
Abe Kroll Abe Kroll ... Mr. Thomopoulos
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Иштар See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,331,817, 17 May 1987

Gross USA:

$14,375,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,375,181
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Warren Beatty refused to show David Puttnam the final cut. See more »

Goofs

AS the helicopter lowers to give the CIA agent a level shot at the duo, his wood stock, single shot, bolt action rifle turns into a black automatic weapon with a banana clip. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Clarke: [Chuck and Lyle are songwriting at the bar after closing time] Can't we just have half an hour?
Bartender: Half an hour? Half an hour like the last half hour?
Chuck Clarke: [to Lyle] Hey, how about, how about "Give me half an hour like the last half hour"
Lyle Rogers: [Playing furiously] Give me half an hour!
Chuck Clarke: Like the last half-hour!
Lyle Rogers: Give me half an hour!
Chuck Clarke: Like the last half-hour!
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 8 secs by the BBFC to remove uses of the word 'fuck' in order for the film to receive a PG rating. The cuts were restored in 2004 to the 15-rated DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Without You I'm Nothing (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

That a Lawnmower Can Do All That
Lyrics and Music by Paul Williams
Produced by Michael James Jackson and Paul Williams
Executive Producer Paul Williams
Performed by Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman
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I think you people are missing the point!
14 October 2003 | by craiglockleySee all my reviews

Ishtar was never considered to be a bad film - the point was it went over budget thanks to the costly desert shoots (having to move sand back to how it looked the previous day) and therefore never made nearly enough money to cover the costs.

The film itself is excellent. Who'd have thought two great actors like Beatty and Hoffman would make a comedy duo. The songwriting sequences are comedy-genius and perhaps the film is taken too seriously by those that dislike it.

If you haven't seen it, find it, rent it, buy it, whatever..this is a great film will have you laughing throughout.


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