Ishtar

Overview

Considered one of the great box-office turkeys of its decade, Ishtar was an attempt by writer/director Elaine May and stars Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty to do a modern-day road picture in the style of the much-loved Bob Hope and Bing Crosby comedy classics. Beatty is Lyle Rogers, a dimwitted songwriter who befriends and partners with Chuck Clarke Hoffman, who is only slightly more intelligent but every bit as untalented. Together the duo dreams of becoming a big-time lounge act, but their songs, with titles ...
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Overview

Considered one of the great box-office turkeys of its decade, Ishtar was an attempt by writer/director Elaine May and stars Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty to do a modern-day road picture in the style of the much-loved Bob Hope and Bing Crosby comedy classics. Beatty is Lyle Rogers, a dimwitted songwriter who befriends and partners with Chuck Clarke Hoffman, who is only slightly more intelligent but every bit as untalented. Together the duo dreams of becoming a big-time lounge act, but their songs, with titles like "That a Lawnmower Can Do All That," are unintentionally hilarious. Chuck becomes suicidal, but just when it seems they'll never strike it rich, the boys are offered a shady gig at a North African hotel, entertaining U.S. troops stationed in the tiny nation of Ishtar. On their way to accept the job, Lyle, Chuck, and their blind camel are sidetracked by a mysterious woman Isabelle Adjani and a scheming CIA agent Charles Grodin, who are involved in a rebellion against the country's emir. The memorable songs crafted by Chuck and Lyle were written by actor and composer Paul Williams.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • UPC: 043396367692
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 3,433

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty Lyle Rogers
Dustin Hoffman Chuck Clarke
Isabelle Adjani Shirra Assel
Charles Grodin Jim Harrison
Jack Weston Marty Freed, Talent Agent
Tess Harper Willa
Carol Kane Carol
Aharon Ipalé Emir Yousef
Ron Berglas CIA Agent
Howard Feuer
Mark Ryan Screamin' Honker
Nadim Sawalha Rag Shop Owner
Neil Zevnik CIA Agent
Bouhaddane Larbi Taxi Driver
Fijad Hageb Abdul
David Margulies Mr. Clarke
Rose Arrick Mrs. Clarke
Julie Garfield Dorothy
Christine Rose Siri Darma
Bob Girolami Bartender
Abe Kroll Mr. Thomopoulos
Herb Gardner Rabbi Pierce
Bill Moor U.S. Consul
Edgar Smith Professor Barnes
J.C. Cutler Omar
Bill Bailey Gen. Westlake
Ian Gray Manager of Chez Casablanca
Maati Zaari Porter
Fred Melamed Caid of Assari
Matt Frewer CIA Agent
Alex Hyde-White CIA Agent
Stefan Gryff KGB Agent
Alexei Jawdokimov KGB Agent
Phillip Schopper Waiter
Aziz Ben Driss Waiter at Chez Casablanca
Kamarr Maitre 'd at Chez Casablanca
Eddy Nedari Mohamed, The Camel Seller
Adam Hussein Mohamed, The Camel Seller
George Masri Mohamed, The Camel Seller
Warren Clarke English Gunrunner
Arthur Brauss German Gunrunner
Sumar Khan Ishtari,Gunrunner
Jon Paul Morgan Djellabah Seller
Haluk Bilginer Guerilla Leader
Stuart M. Abramson Screamin' Honkers
John Freudenheim Screamin Honker
Bruce Gordon Screamin' Honker
Technical Credits
Elaine May Director, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Bahjawa Score Composer
Warren Beatty Producer
Alan Boyle Makeup
Jack Brooke Songwriter
Peter Bucossi Stunts
Martin Charnin Songwriter
Peter Childs Art Director
Richard P. Cirincione Editor
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Howard Feuer Casting
Don French Asst. Director
Bill Groom Art Director
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Dustin Hoffman Songwriter
Robert Jiras Makeup
Steven Jordan Set Decoration/Design
David L. MacLeod Associate Producer
Vic Magnotta Stunts
Victoria Paul Art Director
Anthony Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Reading Art Director
William H. Reynolds Editor
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
George Marshall Ruge Stunts
Ivan Sharrock Sound Mixer
Paul Simon Songwriter
Charles Singleton Songwriter
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Harry Strouse Songwriter
Charles Strouse Songwriter
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Paul Williams Songwriter
Nigel Wooll Associate Producer
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