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Ishtar Details


Considered one of the great box-office turkeys of its decade, Ishtar was an attempt by writer/director [[Performer~P101817~Elaine May~elainemay]] and stars [[Performer~P94585~Dustin Hoffman~dustinhoffman]] and [[Performer~P81105~Warren Beatty~warrenbeatty]] to do a modern-day road picture in the style of the much-loved [[Performer~P33168~Bob Hope~bobhope]] and [[Performer~P15874~Bing Crosby~bingcrosby]] comedy classics. [[Performer~P81105~Beatty~warrenbeatty]] is Lyle Rogers, a dimwitted songwriter who befriends and partners with Chuck Clarke ([[Performer~P94585~Hoffman~dustinhoffman]]), 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 ([[Performer~P374~Isabelle Adjani~isabelleadjani]]) and a scheming CIA agent ([[Performer~P28942~Charles Grodin~charlesgrodin]]), 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 [[Performer~P218896~Paul Williams~paulwilliams]]. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:May 15, 1987


Warren Beatty
as Lyle Rogers
Dustin Hoffman
as Chuck Clarke
Isabelle Adjani
as Shirra Assel
Charles Grodin
as Jim Harrison
Jack Weston
as Marty Freed, Talent Agent
Tess Harper
as Willa
Carol Kane
as Carol
Aharon Ipalé
as Emir Yousef
Aziz Ben Driss
as Waiter at Chez Casablanca
Stefan Gryff
as KGB Agent
Fred Melamed
as Caid of Assari
Nadim Sawalha
as Rag Shop Owner
David Margulies
as Mr. Clarke
Rose Arrick
as Mrs. Clarke
Warren Clarke
as English Gunrunner
George Masri
as Mohamed, The Camel Seller
Mark Ryan
as Screamin' Honker
Sumar Khan
as Ishtari,Gunrunner
Alex Hyde-White
as CIA Agent
Eddy Nedari
as Mohamed, The Camel Seller
Bill Moor
as U.S. Consul
Arthur Brauss
as German Gunrunner
Phillip Schopper
as Waiter
Haluk Bilginer
as Guerilla Leader
Adam Hussein
as Mohamed, The Camel Seller
Matt Frewer
as CIA Agent
Bouhaddane Larbi
as Taxi Driver
Howard Feuer
J.C. Cutler
as Omar
Ron Berglas
as CIA Agent
Abe Kroll
as Mr. Thomopoulos
Herb Gardner
as Rabbi Pierce
Julie Garfield
as Dorothy
John Freudenheim
as Screamin Honker
Neil Zevnik
as CIA Agent
Bill Bailey
as Gen. Westlake
Maati Zaari
as Porter
Alexei Jawdokimov
as KGB Agent
Bruce Gordon
as Screamin' Honker
Bob Girolami
as Bartender


Elaine May
Warren Beatty
Elaine May
Vittorio Storaro
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Dustin Hoffman
Martin Charnin
Bert Kaempfert
Featured Music
Paul Williams
Elaine May
Paul Simon
Harold Arlen
Featured Music
Johnny Mercer
Featured Music
Stephen A. Rotter
Paul Sylbert
Production Designer
Tony Reading
Art Director
Bill Groom
Art Director
Peter Childs
Art Director
Victoria Paul
Art Director
David L. MacLeod
Associate Producer
Nigel Wooll
Associate Producer
Jim Erickson
Set Designer
Alan Hicks
Set Designer
Steven Jordan
Set Designer
Anthony Powell
Costume Designer
Don French
First Assistant Director
George Marshall Ruge
Vic Magnotta
Peter Bucossi
Howard Feuer
Ivan Sharrock
Sound Mixer
Robert Jiras
Alan Boyle
William Scharf
Associate Editor
G. Mac Brown
Unit Production Manager