• Ishtar (1987)


Release Date: 1987

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

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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

  • 40
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    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)]

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    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]

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