Topkapi

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Overview

After years of enduring movie lampoons of his 1955 crime-caper classic Rififi, director Jules Dassin topped them all with his own spoof, Topkapi. It's a rather disreputable crew that teams for the elaborate jewel theft masterminded by Maximillian Schell. Sexy Melina Mercouri Mrs. Dassin is probably the best of the batch: the others are faffling Robert Morley, unreliable Gilles Segal and Jess Hahn. Bumbling Peter Ustinov who won an Oscar for his performance is duped into helping the thieves, and soon finds himself...
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Overview

After years of enduring movie lampoons of his 1955 crime-caper classic Rififi, director Jules Dassin topped them all with his own spoof, Topkapi. It's a rather disreputable crew that teams for the elaborate jewel theft masterminded by Maximillian Schell. Sexy Melina Mercouri Mrs. Dassin is probably the best of the batch: the others are faffling Robert Morley, unreliable Gilles Segal and Jess Hahn. Bumbling Peter Ustinov who won an Oscar for his performance is duped into helping the thieves, and soon finds himself uneasily straddling both sides of the law. As in Rififi, the theft itself taking place in Istanbul's Topkapi Palace museum is played out in near-complete silence. We won't tell you how the crooks are foiled; just be advised that money flies out the door when something else flies in the window. Topkapi was based on The Light of Day, a somewhat more somber novel by Eric Ambler.
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In the genre of films about jewel thieves, Topkapi covers all the familiar territory, with a light touch and an infectious enthusiasm that helps surmount the rather predictable plot. Maximilian Schell heads an international gang of criminals targeting the impregnable Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The film is an international (or, more precisely, pan-European) effort, with director Jules Dassin overseeing a cast headed by his wife Melina Mercouri and including Peter Ustinov (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as a contributor to the heist) and Akim Tamiroff. The script was adapted by Monja Danischewsky from a novel by Eric Ambler. The sets are grand, the suspense enjoyably pitched, and the climax pays homage to the genre with touches reminiscent of Dassin's earlier classic, Rififi (1954).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/1996
  • UPC: 027616523334
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Melina Mercouri Elizabeth Lipp
Peter Ustinov Arthur Simpson
Maximilian Schell Walter Harper
Robert Morley Cedric Page
Akim Tamiroff Geven
Amy Dalby Nanny
Joseph Dassin Josef
Despo Diamantidou Voula
Ege Emart Major Tufan
Jess Hahn Fischer
Senih Orkan First Shadow
Gilles Segal Giulio
Ahmet Danyal Topatan Second Shadow
Titos Vandis Harback
Technical Credits
Jules Dassin Director, Producer
Max Douy Art Director
Henri Alékan Cinematographer
Denny Vachlioti Costumes/Costume Designer
Amato Garbini Makeup
Manos Hadjidakis Score Composer
Monja Danischewsky Screenwriter
Tom Pevsner Asst. Director
Roger Dwyre Editor
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