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Considered one of the great box-office turkeys of its decade, Ishtar was an attempt by writer/director Elaine May and stars Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty to do a modern-day road picture in the style of the much-loved Bob Hope and Bing Crosby comedy classics. Beatty is Lyle Rogers, a dimwitted songwriter who befriends and partners with Chuck Clarke (Hoffman), 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 (Isabelle Adjani) and a scheming CIA agent (Charles Grodin), 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 Paul Williams. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:May 15, 1987

Cast

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

Crew

Elaine May
Director
Warren Beatty
Producer
Elaine May
Screenwriter
Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Dustin Hoffman
Songwriter
Martin Charnin
Songwriter
Bert Kaempfert
Featured Music
Paul Williams
Songwriter
Elaine May
Songwriter
Paul Simon
Songwriter
Harold Arlen
Featured Music
Johnny Mercer
Featured Music
Stephen A. Rotter
Editor
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
Stunts
Vic Magnotta
Stunts
Peter Bucossi
Stunts
Howard Feuer
Casting
Ivan Sharrock
Sound Mixer
Robert Jiras
Makeup
Alan Boyle
Makeup
William Scharf
Associate Editor
G. Mac Brown
Unit Production Manager
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