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Ishtar [Blu-ray]

  • PG-13
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Two 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.
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  • Credits
    Dustin Hoffman, Henry, Warren Beaty, Warren Beatty, Jack Weinstein, Jack Weston, Isabelle Adjani
  • Critic Reviews
    "...It is a smart, generous, genuinely funny affair..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...A likable, good-humored hybrid....[Hoffman and Beatty] make a good team..."
    New York Times

    "[In] this hilarious offshoot of the Hope-Crosby Road pictures, Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty are a pair of abjectly talentless singer-songwriters whose vaunted perspectives of themselves give the movie its humor..."
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