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Ishtar (15-May-1987)

Director: Elaine May

Writer: Elaine May

Original Score by: Dave Grusin

Producer: Warren Beatty

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
David Margulies
19-Feb-1937 11-Jan-2016 Ghostbusters
Cristine Rose
31-Jan-1951   Angela Petrelli on Heroes
Jack Weston
21-Aug-1924 3-May-1996 Wait Until Dark


Warren Beatty   ...   Lyle Rogers
Dustin Hoffman   ...   Chuck Clarke
Isabelle Adjani   ...   Shirra Assel
Charles Grodin   ...   Jim Harrison
Jack Weston   ...   Marty Freed
Carol Kane   ...   Carol
David Margulies   ...   Mr. Clarke
Aharon Ipalé   ...   Emir Yousef
Rose Arrick   ...   Mrs. Clarke
Tess Harper   ...   Willa
Fuad Hageb   ...   Abdul
Julie Garfield   ...   Dorothy
Christine Rose   ...   Siri Darma
Bob Girolami   ...   Bartender
Abe Kroll   ...   Mr. Thomopoulos
Hannah Kroll   ...   Mrs. Thomopoulos
Herb Gardner   ...   Rabbi Pierce
Bill Moor   ...   U.S. Consulate
Edgar Smith   ...   Prof. Barnes
J. C. Cutler   ...   Omar
Bill Bailey   ...   Gen. Westlake
Ian Gray   ...   Manager, Chez Casablanca
Maati Zaari   ...   Porter
Bouhaddane Larbi   ...   Taxi Driver
Fred Melamed   ...   Caid of Assari
Ron Berglass   ...   CIA Agent
Neil Zevnik   ...   CIA Agent
Matt Frewer   ...   CIA Agent
Alex Hyde White   ...   CIA Agent
Stefan Gryff   ...   KGB Agent
Alexei Jawdocimov   ...   KGB Agent
Phillip Schopper   ...   Waiter
Aziz Ben Driss   ...   Waiter, Chez Casablanca
Kamarr   ...   Maitre D, Chez Casablanca
Eddy Nedari   ...   Mohamad, the Camel Seller
Adam Hussein   ...   Mohamad, the Camel Seller
George Masri   ...   Mohamad, the Camel Seller
Warren Clarke   ...   English Gunrunner
Arthur Brauss   ...   German Gunrunner
Sumar Khan   ...   Ishtari Gunrunner
Jon Paul Morgan   ...   Djellabah Seller
Nadim Sawalha   ...   Rug Shop Owner and Camel Seller
Haluk Belginer   ...   Guerrilla Leader
Screamin' Honkers
Mark Ryan   ...   Screamin' Honkers
Stuart Abramson   ...   Screamin' Honkers
John Freudenheim   ...   Screamin' Honkers
Bruce Gordon   ...   Screamin' Honkers
The Swing
Paul Standig   ...   The Swing
Joseph Gmerek   ...   The Swing
John Trumpbour   ...   The Swing
Teacher's Daughters
Marie Jean-Charles   ...   Teacher's Daughters
Patrice Jean-Charles   ...   Teacher's Daughters
Danielle Jean-Charles   ...   Teacher's Daughters


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