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Topkapi ()

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featuring Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, Akim Tamiroff

After years of enduring movie lampoons of his 1955 crime-caper classic Rififi, director Jules Dassin topped them all with his own spoof, Topkapi. It's a rather disreputable crew that teams for the elaborate jewel theft masterminded by Maximillian Schell. Sexy Melina Mercouri (Mrs. Dassin) is probably the best of the batch: the others are faffling Robert Morley, unreliable Gilles Segal and Jess Hahn. Bumbling Peter Ustinov (who won an Oscar for his performance) is duped into helping the thieves, and soon finds himself uneasily straddling both sides of the law. As in Rififi, the theft itself (taking place in Istanbul's Topkapi Palace museum) is played out in near-complete silence. We won't tell you how the crooks are foiled; just be advised that money flies out the door when something else flies in the window. Topkapi was based on The Light of Day, a somewhat more somber novel by Eric Ambler. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.000
PaulLarocque

Good movie

by PaulLarocque on Sep 15, 2011

Located in the Topkapi palace in Istanbul, the movie will interest viewers who have been there an can appreciate the cinematography of the city, which has been there since Byzantium and Constantinople and before.

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