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.
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
The film's reception was so awful it helped coin a new Hollywood term in relation to Writer and Director Elaine May: "movie jail". The term referred to someone whose perceived failure as a director was so profound, they would not be allowed to helm a movie again for a very long time, if ever again. In fact, May has not directed a single new movie since this one. See more »
By the chandelier when Jim talks to the Emir. See more »
I'm leaving... some love in my Will. I'm leaving... some love in my Will. My life is nearly over, and time goes by so fast. So I'm going to give you a present, to thank you for the past...
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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 »
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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