Ishtar [Blu-ray] [1987]

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Overall Customer Rating:
82% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 11)

Synopsis


Ishtar
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

Cast & Crew


  • Warren Beatty
    Warren Beatty - Lyle Rogers
  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman - Chuck Clarke
  • Isabelle Adjani
    Isabelle Adjani - Shirra Assel
  • Charles Grodin
    Charles Grodin - Jim Harrison
  • Jack Weston
    Jack Weston - Marty Freed, Talent Agent



Overall customer rating

3.5
82%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the notorious bomb it is remembered to be.

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    rkgist
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    "Isthar" became a punchline almost before it received its release back in the 80's. Its production and cost overruns, Elaine May's insistence on particulars--what was envisioned as a sort of updated "Road" picture spiraled into a overproduced, very expensive comedy that received very lukewarm reviews and little BO. I saw it back in the day and rather liked it.Viewing some years later, I like it even better. Yes, it is a bit of a mess and over produced, but at heart it is a dry and very funny comedy with great performances from Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty as the dumb and dumber wannabe songwriters, Rogers and Clark. Jack Weston and especially Charles Grodin are terrific in support. A very underrated film--not a "bomb" at all. The PQ & AQ are adequate but Vittorio Storaro' cinematography is let down. There are no extras whatsoever .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Slow start, strong finish

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    Motslots
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    Ishtar is a "classic" 80's movie - an era not known for great cinema. Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty are good together. You have to approach this movie with the right mindset that it is slow but will give you some great laughs here and there and the plot significantly improves in the latter half of the movie. Some people are going to click with this movie and end up repeating one-liners; others will find it sophomoric and wonder what others see in it. I liked it and so did my 19, 21 and 24 year old - which actually says a lot. I don't think any of us have this great desire to watch it again soon - but I think it will creep into the play list every 5-9 years or so.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A classic box office bomb

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    Maleady
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    I purchased this movie for my collection because it is considered one of the greatest box office failures of all time. Plagued with production problems it cost 55 million dollars to produce and only made 14 million at the theaters. Considered a dreadful movie, I own and enjoy it simply because of the scathing negative reviews for such a major production with stellar actors Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pleasant Surprise

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    Birdbrain33
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    Ishtar was pretty good. A couple of good laughs. Starts off different than I expected. Dustin Hoffman does a fine job with the role. I think the reason the movie was not a hit was the director's fault. The film loses its focus several times and the blind Camel gag falls flat. Sometimes seems like a cheap movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tarnished Masterpiece

    Posted
    Anonymous

    I love this movie. Unlike most critics that slam this movie, I have watched it. The costs went over budget, so what! It didn't increase the cost of tickets at theatres, where it did well. Finally a Region 1 DVD for us American Ishtar Fans. Enjoy everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Dustin Hoffman And Warren Beatty are woth seeing

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    RogerFan
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    Ishtar is not as bad as the reputation holds. It is like a Hope and Crosby Road movie with a contemporary, likeable cast. The plot doesnt work but it has beautiful locales and a great cast. The Disk looks good and is fun with a fast forward button.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie but there is no Digital Copy

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    MetalMullet
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    I was happy to get the movie but supremely disappointed that there was no digital copy available with my purchase even though the it is advertised as having it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this movie

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    Abulldog
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    I am surprised at how low this rates by most critics. It's a very funny movie and has lots great one liners and memorable quotes. Great show!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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