Topkapi

Topkapi

DVD - 2001
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Sophisticated thieves attempt to steal a jewel-encrusted dagger from a museum with an impregnable security system.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 07, 2014

American born director Jules Dassin did classic film noir/crime films like "Naked City" and "Brute Force," but was a victim of the blacklist and went on to make films in England ("Night and the City") and France ("Rififi"). "Rififi" has a good claim to being the greatest heist film ever made (it certainly has the greatest heist sequence). This feels like a lighter, splashier version of "Rififi," with glamorous people, a la "The Pink Panther," planning to steal a priceless dagger. The cast is enjoyable, as is the Istanbul setting, but it's a bit fluffy. The heist sequence is well-done and Peter Ustinov as the schlubby, small time hustler who unwittingly gets dragged into the crime won an Oscar for his performance.

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stuvw27
Apr 29, 2012

Fine cast who've all done better work elsewhere carp & caper their way through this garish, pseudo-glamorous sixties escapade taken from an Eric Ambler story. The heist itself set many standards for all that followed. Don't miss the Turkish Oil Wrestling bit. Nice cars.

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