Arabesque

1966

Stanley Donen
Director
Universal Pictures
US Distributor

College professor Peck gets drawn into complicated intrigues and assassinations revolving around an unnamed Middle Eastern country.

Enjoyable enough comedy thriller is an OK way to pass the time, but the plot is both underdeveloped and needlessly complicated, accompanied by some awfully risible dialogue. Some of it is actually breathtakingly narmy (Kieron Moore's beatnik Arab, Peck bullfighting traffic on the M1, etc.) It also would have been nice if anyone involved had any knowledge of either Middle Eastern culture or Egyptology, neither of which are evident in the finished product. There are some nice set-pieces, and Christopher Challis' cinematography is excellent, but a lot of the visual flourishes have obviously been inserted to obscure how half-baked the whole thing is. Go watch Charade instead - it's basically the same film, only with Donen putting effort in to earn his paycheck.

Thanks to Philly for helping identify many extras!

-Dave W.


The Cipher
by
Alex Gordon
1961
Novel





Arabesque
5th May 1966
Cinema

Not Rated

105 mins
2.35:1

Arabesque
28th July 1966
Cinema



105 mins
2.35:1



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Gregory Peck
Professor David Pollock
Sophia Loren
Yasmin Azir
Alan Badel
Nejim Beshraavi
Kieron Moore
Yussef Kassim
Carl Duering
Hassan Jena
John Merivale
Major Sylvester Pennington Sloane
Duncan Lamont
Webster
George Coulouris
Professor Ragheeb
Ernest Clark
Beauchamp
Harold Kasket
Mohammed Lufti
Olwen Brookes
Nurse Receptionist
Gordon Griffin
Fanshaw
Unknown 841
Student
Unknown 841
Student
Unknown 841
Student
Unknown 841
Jena's Chauffeur
Unknown 841
Servant
Unknown 841
Servant
Unknown 841
Servant
Unknown 841
Servant
Unknown 841
Servant
Unknown 841
Servant
Jimmy Gardner
Hemsley
Larry Taylor
Moustapha, Beshraavi's Henchman
Harry Locke
Zoo Guard
Joe Wadham
Police Driver in Motorway Pileup
Windsor Davies
Policeman in Motorway Pileup
Unknown 841
Guardsman
Edwin Fowles
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown Male 56
Ascot Racegoer
John Tatum
Ascot Racegoer
Jack Ross
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Jill Goldston
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Peter Evans
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown Male 48
Ascot Racegoer
Gerry Judge
Ascot Waiter
Aileen Lewis
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
(Kathleen Heath?)
Unknown Male 70
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Pat Judge
Ascot Racegoer
George Curtis
Ascot Racegoer
Bill Gosling
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown Male 29
Ascot Racegoer
Pat Hagan
Ascot Racegoer
Alex Lewis
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Paul Beradi
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Alan Bennett
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Eric Henderson
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Ascot Racegoer
Juba Kennerley
Ascot Racegoer
Jack Armstrong
Ascot Racegoer
Unknown 841
Taxi Driver
Unknown 841
Ragheeb's Maid
Malya Nappi
Ragheeb's Wife
George Roderick
Taxi Driver
Michael Bilton
Camera Shop Owner
Jack Silk
Limo Driver at Airport
Unknown 841
Press Conference Extra
Unknown Male 34
Press Conference Extra
Paul Phillips
Press Conference Extra
Unknown 841
Policeman at Press Conference
Jack Ross
Press Conference Extra
Dave's Unknown Male 18
Press Conference Extra
Unknown 841
Press Conference Extra
Gina Gianelli
Press Conference Extra
Pat Judge
Press Conference Extra
Unknown Male 173
Press Conference Extra
Fred Stroud
Press Conference Extra
Alan Gibbs
Press Conference Extra
Roy Beck
Press Conference Extra
Unknown 841
Press Conference Extra
Mo Dunster
Press Conference Extra
Anthony Jacobs
Press Conference Extra
John Tatum
Press Conference Extra
Philip Webb
Press Conference Extra
Roy Everson
Press Conference Extra
John Preston
Press Conference Extra
Ishaq Bux
Press Conference Extra
Unknown 841
Press Conference Extra
Unknown Male 175
Press Conference Extra
Julian Sherrier
Lufti's Henchman
Colin McKenzie
Airport Extra
Mabel Etherington
Airport Extra
Unknown Male 43
Airport Extra
John Howard
Airport Extra
Alan Bennett
Airport Extra
Harold Coyne
Airport Extra
Tony Castleton
Airport Extra
Victor Harrington
Airport Extra
Dan Darnelli
Airport Extra
Unknown 841
Film Crewman
Unknown 841
Film Crewman
Ken Hutchins
Porter Loading Lorry
James Payne
Lorry Driver
Peter Avella
Farmhand
Unknown 841
Farmhand
Unknown 841
Farmhand
Unknown 841
Groom
(Vic Armstrong?)
Unknown 841
Helicopter Pilot
Julie Shaw
Fanshaw's Girlfriend
Ernest Blyth
Airport Extra
Robert Rowland
Taxi Driver
Vic Armstrong
Stunts
Pam de Boulay
Stunts
Peter Diamond
Stunts
Jimmy Lodge
Stunts
Jack Silk
Stunts
Alan Stuart
Stunts
Bell 47
Beshraavi's Helicopter

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