“Undeniable hilarity.” – Mike Clark, USA TODAY
“One of the most underrated and quietly subversive American comedies of the past thirty years.”
- Nathan Rabin, THE A.V. CLUB
Oscar® Winners Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman Star in the
Legendary Comedy Available on Blu-ray™ For the First Time August 6th
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (May 8, 2013) – Academy Award® winners Warren Beatty (Best Director, Reds, 1981) and Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor, Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979; Rain Man, 1988) star in writer/director Elaine May’s Director’s Cut of the legendary comedy ISHTAR, debuting for the first time on Blu-ray™ August 6th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 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 his regime. The film also stars two-time Oscar® nominee Isabelle Adjani (Best Actress, The Story of Adele H, 1975; Camille Claudel, 1988), Charles Grodin (Rosemary's Baby, The Heartbreak Kid), Jack Weston (Wait Until Dark, Cactus Flower), Oscar nominee Tess Harper (Best Supporting Actress, Crimes of the Heart, 1986) and Oscar nominee Carol Kane (Best Actress, Hester Street, 1975).
Rogers and Clarke (Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) are two inept songwriters, down on their luck and desperate for money. Taking the advice of their shifty agent, the duo are whisked off on a tour of the mystical republic of Ishtar. On their arrival, our heroes are separately recruited into spying for opposing sides of a planned revolution, while simultaneously vying for the attention of a gorgeous female freedom fighter (Isabelle Adjani). But Clarke and Rogers make worse spies than they do songwriters, and soon they’re left stranded in the desert with only a blind camel and several CIA assassins for company.
Written and directed by Elaine May, ISHTAR was produced by Warren Beatty. It has a running time of 107 minutes and is rated PG-13.
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