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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
UPC: 0738329143121
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 47,481

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Melina Mercouri Elizabeth Lipp
Peter Ustinov Arthur Simpson
Maximilian Schell Walter Harper
Robert Morley Cedric Page
Akim Tamiroff Geven
Jess Hahn Fischer
Gilles Segal Giulio
Senih Orkan First Shadow
Ahmet Danyal Topatan Second Shadow
Amy Dalby Nanny
Despo Diamantidou Voula
Ege Emart Major Tufan
Titos Vandis Harback
Joseph Dassin Josef

Technical Credits
Jules Dassin Director,Producer
Henri Alékan Cinematographer
Monja Danischewsky Screenwriter
Max Douy Art Director
Roger Dwyre Editor
Amato Garbini Makeup
Manos Hadjidakis Score Composer
Tom Pevsner Asst. Director
Denny Vachlioti Costumes/Costume Designer

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