DVD Topkapi [DVD] [1900] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 48574),
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Topkapi [DVD] [1900] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • TOPKAPI was released on September 17, 1964. TOPKAPI was shot on location in and around Istanbul, Turkey. Peter Ustinov won a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance as Arthur Simpson. Joseph Dassin (1938-1980) who plays the role of the gypsy Josef in TOPKAPI was director Jules's son--he also appears in his father's 1960 movie WHEN THE HOT WIND BLOWS. However, in Qubec and France he was better known as the pop singer Joe Dassin. TOPKAPI was based on British author Eric Ambler's novel THE LIGHT OF DAY--which won the Mystery Writer's of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel in 1964. Ambler (1909-1989) was one of the great crime novelists. He burst onto the literary scene in the late 1930s with six spy novelsincluding two classics, JOURNEY INTO FEAR and A COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS (which became THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS as a movie). At the outbreak of World War II, Ambler joined the Royal Artillery as a private. He was assigned to a combat photographic unit and, by the end of the war, had become a lieutenant colonel--earning an American Bronze Star on the way. Back in civilian life, he did not resume his career as a novelist until JUDGEMENT ON DELTCHEV was published in 1951. Instead, he wrote screenplays for a number of notable British moviesincluding David Lean's PASSIONATE FRIENDS (1949) and the earlier Titanic movie, Roy Ward Baker's A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1958). Particularly notable among his many later novels are PASSAGE OF ARMS (1959), DR.FRIGO (1974), and THE SEIGE OF THE VILLA LIPP (1977).

    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1964 Peter Ustinov Actor/Director/Screenwriter, SPARTACUS (1960)

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1002743

  • Credits
    Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, Akim Tamiroff, Jess Hahn, Titos Vandis, Joseph Dassin
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