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PG-13| 1 hr. 47 min.

Plot Summary
Booked in Marrakech, two New York singers (Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman) stop in Ishtar, meet a beautiful rebel (Isabelle Adjani) and alarm the CIA.

Cast: Warren Beatty , Dustin Hoffman , Isabelle Adjani , Charles Grodin , Jack Weston , Tess Harper , Carol Kane , Aharon Ipalé

Director: Elaine May

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Ishtar (1987)

Release Date: May 15th, 1987|1 hr. 47 min.

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  • Hoffman and Beatty are so tone-deaf they don't even know how to play the songs for deadpan humor. They seem old, white, and without shtick. [14 May 1987, p.26(E)] show more

  • Ishtar is a good movie, but you can't help but wonder if, lurking somewhere in those cans of outtakes, there isn't a great movie, too. [15 May 1987] show more

  • Is it worth seeing? Yes. The ability to charm in the modern world is rare, and Ishtar does charm. Essentially, it's a teen film for adults, which is to say, it's mindless but not stupid good fun. And there are at least four times when the audience laughs out loud. show more

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'Ishtar': Seven Myths Regarding The Legendary Flop

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Gary Susman on May 21, 2012

"If all of the people who hate 'Ishtar' had seen it, I would be a rich woman today." So said Elaine May in 2006, two decades after the Warren Beatty-Dustin Hoffman comedy she wrote and directed had be...

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