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Ishtar (15-May-1987)

Director: Elaine May

Writer: Elaine May

Keywords: Comedy, Espionage, Morocco

Two bumbling wannabe singer/songwriters booked to play a Moroccan hotel are drawn into an international espionage conspiracy.

Dimwitted wallflower Lyle Rogers and self-absorbed Chuck Clarke are a songwriting duo based out of New York City, obsessed with their craft and evidently blind to their crushing ineptitude. Desperate for a shot to stardom despite a lack of talent, our pair accept an offer from their agent to perform their awful songs at a hotel in Morocco, ultimately drawn into an outlandish caper involving the CIA, Emir Yousef of the backwater nation of Ishtar, and leftist rebels after encountering revolutionary Shirra Assel on arrival in the Middle East. Not quite as terrible as popularly regarded; entertaining performances from Beatty and Hoffman would have benefited greatly from tighter direction.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Isabelle Adjani
27-Jun-1955   Camille Claudel
Warren Beatty
30-Mar-1937   Dick Tracy
Matt Frewer
4-Jan-1958   Max Headroom
Charles Grodin
21-Apr-1935   Perpetually angry talk-show host, actor
Tess Harper
15-Aug-1950   Crimes of the Heart
Dustin Hoffman
8-Aug-1937   The Graduate
Carol Kane
18-Jun-1952   Simka on Taxi
Jack Weston
21-Aug-1924 3-May-1996 Wait Until Dark


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