Ishtar (Blu-ray) (1987)
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Editor's NoteTwo down-and-out singer/songwriters (played by Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty) who dream of becoming the next Simon and Garfunkel find themselves hitting the bottom of the barrel after their women leave them and their careers never get off the ground. Out of money, and with no prospects of work in New York, they grudgingly agree to accept a gig in Morocco. Before they even leave the airport in Morocco, they are suddenly ensnared into the revolution brewing in the country, and unwittingly get sucked into Middle Eastern political turmoil beyond their wildest dreams. Before their Moroccan adventure is over, Chuck and Lyle question their trust, their loyalty, and their sanity--but never their talent. A would-be road picture a la Hope and Crosby, the film is worth seeing for Hoffman's and Beatty's dry portrayals of down-on-their-luck ne'er-do-wells, and their earnest, off-key renditions of the film's original songs. Additionally, the film was beset by production and budget challenges that are now the stuff of publicity legend.
Cast & Crew
|Elaine May - Director|
Plot SummaryThis slapstick spy parody features Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty as dreadfully bad aspiring songwriters. Their agent believes they should go far--far away, that is. Finally booking a gig in Morocco, they find themselves caught in a crossfire between a beautiful left-wing Shiite rebel, the CIA, and the emir's regime. As expected, hijinks ensue in this desert caper movie.