Topkapi [DVD] [1964]

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Synopsis

Topkapi
After years of enduring movie lampoons of his 1955 crime-caper classic Rififi, director Jules Dassin topped them all with his own spoof, Topkapi. It's a rather disreputable crew that teams for the elaborate jewel theft masterminded by Maximillian Schell. Sexy Melina Mercouri (Mrs. Dassin) is probably the best of the batch: the others are faffling Robert Morley, unreliable Gilles Segal and Jess Hahn. Bumbling Peter Ustinov (who won an Oscar for his performance) is duped into helping the thieves, and soon finds himself uneasily straddling both sides of the law. As in Rififi, the theft itself (taking place in Istanbul's Topkapi Palace museum) is played out in near-complete silence. We won't tell you how the crooks are foiled; just be advised that money flies out the door when something else flies in the window. Topkapi was based on The Light of Day, a somewhat more somber novel by Eric Ambler. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Melina Mercouri
    Melina Mercouri - Elizabeth Lipp
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov - Arthur Simpson
  • Maximilian Schell
    Maximilian Schell - Walter Harper
  • Robert Morley
    Robert Morley - Cedric Page
  • Akim Tamiroff
    Akim Tamiroff - Geven
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