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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 CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lyle Rogers
... Chuck Clarke
... Shirra Assel
... Jim Harrison
... Marty Freed
... Willa
... Carol
... Emir Yousef
Fijad Hageb ... Abdul (as Fuad Hageb)
... Mr. Clarke
Rose Arrick ... Mrs. Clarke
Julie Garfield ... Dorothy
... Siri Darma (as Christine Rose)
Robert V. Girolami ... Bartender (as Bob Girolami)
Abe Kroll ... Mr. Thomopoulos
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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 CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime. Written by Stern

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15 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Иштар  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,331,817, 17 May 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,375,181
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Sylbert scouted dunes in the United States and Morocco but none seemed to fit Elaine May's vision. After one unsuccessful search for dunes, Sylbert says, May suddenly announced she wanted a flat landscape instead. It took ten days to level an area of a square mile (2.6 km²). This decision cost $75,000. See more »

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By the chandelier when Jim talks to the Emir. See more »

Quotes

Shirra Assel: [they've put a bounty on the singers] You are a murderer!
Resistence Fighter: So are you. Or do you think a bullet is crueler than what they face now?
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror X (1999) See more »

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Wardrobe of Love
Lyrics and Music by Paul Williams
Performed by Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman
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You either get it or you dont. I got it.
25 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

It constantly amazes me that some consider Ishtar as one of the worst movies ever. It is not citizen Kane nor was it meant to be. It made me chuckle, grin and laugh out loud. Silly me, I thought that was what a comedy was supposed to do. I have heard others criticize the music, *HELLO* it was supposed to be bad. If you want great music listen to Mozart. If you are amused by farce listen to the words from the songs in Ishtar. They make me smile just thinking about them now. I think the thing that really stuck with me about this movie was the fact that Hoffman and Beatty really seemed to be having a good time making it and it shows. If you don't watch many comedies or are easily swayed by others comments, don't bother watching this movie. If you have a sense of humor and can think for yourself, do not rent this movie... Buy it.


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