ISHTAR

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ISHTAR

Elaine May
USA, 1987
107min, OF

ISHTAR

Elaine May
USA, 1987
, 107min, OF

Cast: 
Warren Beatty
Lyle Rogers
Dustin Hoffman
Chuck Clarke
Isabelle Adjani
Shirra Assel
Charles Grodin
Jim Harrison
Jack Weston
Marty Freed
Tess Harper
Willa
Carol Kane
Carol
Screenplay: 
Elaine May
Sound: 
Michael Kirchberger
Camera: 
Vittorio Storaro
Editor: 
Stephen A. Rotter
William Reynolds
Richard Cirincione
Composer: 
John Strauss
Bahjawa
Dave Grusin
Decoration: 
Paul Sylbert
Costume: 
Anthony Powell

Production: 
Columbia Pictures
World Sales: 
Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International 10202 West Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232-3195, USA T 310 244 4468
Distribution in Austria: 
Verleih in Österreich Columbia TriStar Laxenburger Straße 254 1239 Wien T 1 597 15 15 F 1 597 15 16
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Faced with no gigs in New York, two musical duds agree to play the Chez Casablanca, a nightclub in Morocco. On the way, they get caught in a burnoose-and-dagger clash in neighboring Ishtar. The Emir, a CIA stooge, is battling a subversive left-wing group for possession of a sacred map that its a long story could powder-keg the country. Writer-director May knows how to write with characters in mind, not punchlines. There are several scenes that seem to bear her comic stamp: When Hoffman collapses in the desert, an increasingly exasperated Beatty must repeatedly remind impatient vultures that his friend is not quite dead. And when Beatty steals furtively out of his room on a mission, he passes two men wearing fezzes and three desolate beggars. The five, all agents, tail him. Every time Beatty turns around, they leap back into begging position. And May has introduced the klutziest camel ever to schlep the sands. (Desson Howe)