Ishtar

1987, Comedy, 1h 47m

54 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, and laughter itself get lost in the desert during a flawed spoof of classic road movies that proves ill-suited for its mismatched and miscast stars. Read critic reviews

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Booked in Marrakech, two New York singers (Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman) stop in Ishtar, meet a beautiful rebel (Isabelle Adjani) and alarm the CIA.

Cast & Crew

Warren Beatty
Lyle Rogers
Dustin Hoffman
Chuck Clarke
Isabelle Adjani
Shirra Assel
Charles Grodin
Jim Harrison
Jack Weston
Marty Freed
Aharon Ipalé
Emir Yousef
Rose Arrick
Mrs.Clarke
Abe Kroll
Mr. Thomopoulos
David L. MacLeod
Associate Producer
Nigel Wooll
Associate Producer
Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer
Noel Davis
Casting Director
Paul Sylbert
Production Designer
Bill Groom
Art Director
Victoria Paul
Art Director
Jim Erickson
Set Decoration
Alan Hicks
Set Decoration
Steven Jordan
Set Decoration
Anthony Powell
Costume Designer
Alan Boyle
Makeup
Barry Richardson
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Critic Reviews for Ishtar

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  • May 03, 2021
    One of the secret in-jokes of the old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby "On the Road" movies was that whenever the boys would get up to entertain with a little song and dance, which they would do throughout every one of their movies, the onscreen crowd of spectators might invariably hate the act while in fact the performance was at least marginally a pretty good act, especially to us folks watching the movie. This update of the Road movies with Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty covers a lot of the "wacky hijinks" expected of old school buddy comedy films - except that one caveat, and that's pretty important. And so when the two stars get up to perform they really should be good, but these two aren't. They should be able to sing passably on their own, and they should be able to harmonize together, passably. If they're going to dance then they should be able to do that. But these two greats, c'mon, Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, f'cryingoutloud, didn't bother to learn those things. And it shows. Oh brother how it shows. Which loses the audience rooting for them, rooting for the movie, audience sympathy, the very reason for movies, which loses the whole movie. Watching the two perform is painful.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2010
    (1987 Director: Elaine May) Funny tale of two semi-talented young men who succumb to travel to the Middle East in order to reach for fame (after failing miserably in U.S.) Co-stars severa; of my favorites, including Carol Kane, Charles Grodin,
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2008
    Not as bad as it's reputation; It's just NOT funny.
    Michael S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2007
    I just put this in here cuz it's kinda obvious.
    Jessica O Super Reviewer

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