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Ishtar

"Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow"

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Released: May 15th, 1987
Budget: $55,000,000.00
Revenue: $14,375,181.00

Ishtar Main Cast

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Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
plays Lyle Rogers
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
plays Chuck Clarke
Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
plays Shirra Assel
Charles Grodin
Charles Grodin
plays Jim Harrison
Jack Weston
Jack Weston
plays Marty Freed
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Despite the film's reputation as one of the biggest box office failures of all time, Ishtar did, in fact, hold the #1 box office position in its first week of release. However, in its second week, with the release of Beverly Hills Cop II, the film quickly dropped to fourth place.
  • The film's budget was $55 million; it bombed at the box office, making only $12.7 million, a loss of over $42 million.
  • Stars Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, both recent Oscar winners, were each paid $5 million, a sum that was considered impressive at that time and, in 2009, is still a considerable paycheck.
  • In one of Gary Larson's "The Far Side" comic strips, captioned "Hell's Video Store," the entire store is stocked with nothing but copies of Ishtar. Larson later apologized, saying "When I drew the above cartoon, I had not actually seen 'Ishtar.' Years later, I saw it on an airplane, and was stunned at what was happening to me: I was actually being entertained. Sure, maybe it's not the greatest film ever made, but my cartoon was way off the mark. There are so many cartoons for which I should probably write an apology, but this is the only one which compels me to do so."
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