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Ishtar (1987)

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Release Date
May 15, 1987 (USA)

Budget $40,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 47 minutes

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures, Delphi V Productions

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Genre: Comedy, Buddies, On The Road, Spy, Political

Plot: Two down-and-out singer/songwriters (played by Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty) who dream of becoming the next Simon and Garfunkel find themselves hitting the bottom of the barrel after their women leave them and their careers never get off the ground. Out of money, and with no prospects of work in New York, they grudgingly agree to accept a gig in Morocco. Before they even leave the airport in Morocco, they are suddenly ensnared into the revolution brewing in the country, and unwittingly get sucked into Middle Eastern political turmoil beyond their wildest dreams. Before their Moroccan adventure is over, Chuck and Lyle question their trust, their loyalty, and their sanity--but never their talent. A would-be road picture a la Hope and Crosby, the film is worth seeing for Hoffman's and Beatty's dry portrayals of down-on-their-luck ne'er-do-wells, and their earnest, off-key renditions of the film's original songs. Additionally, the film was beset by production and budget challenges that are now the stuff of publicity legend.

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 Directed by
Elaine May
The Heartbreak Kid, Mikey and Nicky, Primary Colors
 Written by
Elaine May
Primary Colors, Down to Earth, Heaven Can Wait
Warren Beatty
Bonnie and Clyde, Dick Tracy, Bulworth
Dustin Hoffman
Rain Man, Finding Neverland, Meet the Fockers
Isabelle Adjani
Queen Margot, Diabolique, Subway
Carol Kane
The Princess Bride, Annie Hall, Dog Day Afternoon
Charles Grodin
Rosemary's Baby, Dave, Midnight Run
Jack Weston
Dirty Dancing, Short Circuit 2, Wait Until Dark
Tess Harper
The Jackal, The Man in the Moon, Tender Mercies
 Music By
Dave Grusin
The Goonies, The Firm, Random Hearts

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