Topkapi

1964, Mystery & thriller/Comedy, 2h 0m

21 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Beautiful thief Elizabeth Lipp (Melina Mercouri) and criminal genius Walter Harper (Maximilian Schell) put together a plan to steal an emerald-encrusted dagger from Istanbul's Topkapi Palace. As part of their crew, they hire small-time hustler Arthur Simon Simpson (Peter Ustinov) to act as their fall guy. When the Turkish secret police capture Simpson at the border, they persuade him to spy on his partners in crime, mistakenly believing that they're Communist agents plotting an assassination.

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  • Nov 06, 2021
    An enormously fun heist movie. Ustinov is perfectly disheveled and those final 30 minute or so are unbelievably tense.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2012
    A bunch of weird, unintelligible, Europeans attempt a painfully boring heist. The end.
    Brett W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2012
    A group of thieves recruit a bumbling fool in their quest to steal a dagger from a museum. In the tradition of <i>Ocean's Eleven</i> this is a decently plotted heist film. There are a few plot twists that give the script a clever feel, but it's pretty basic. The best part of the film is Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner Peter Ustinov who makes us both pity and sympathize with Arthur Simpson. Sometimes he's too dumb to know better, and other times he's just clever enough to make him likable. I didn't like the film's style; the opening credit sequence reminded me of an Adam West Batman fight, and Melina Mercoun's performance as Elizabeth Lipp quickly annoyed me; she's the drunk girl in the bar who can go home with anyone else but me. Overall, <i>Topkapi</i> is light and sometimes fun but innocuous.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    Jules Dassin is the master of the hiest genre in "Topkapi". I found the film rather entertaining particularly the great hiest sequence which is reminescent to Dassin's early picture "Raffi". The cast is pretty good. You got Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley and Maximilian Schell who reminded me of Daniel Day-Lewis.
    Brian R Super Reviewer

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