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Topkapi [DVD]

Peter Ustinov , Melina Mercouri , Jules Dassin    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Ustinov, Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, Akim Tamiroff
  • Directors: Jules Dassin
  • Producers: Jules Dassin
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF54S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,126 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Thought by many to be the inspiration for the TV series 'Mission: Impossible', Jules Dassin's comedy-thriller follows a group of art thieves as they plot and plan to rob a jewelled dagger from the fortress-like Topkapi Palace museum in sun-soaked Istanbul. With an international cast and a screenplay written by ex-Ealing stalwart Monja Danischewsky, 'Topkapi' is one of the great comic-exotic heist movies.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Heist Movie ! 27 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Jules Dassin certainly knew how to make an entertaining heist movie having made the one one that set the benchmark on that genre 'Rififi'. This is a much more lighthearted affair and in many ways more entertaining. The cast is populated by a group of eccentrics - Ustinov, Morley, Tammirov - who under the leadership of Schell and Mecouri plan a daring robbery.
The performances are uniformly excellent with Peter Ustinov and Robert Morley stealing their various scenes with gems of comic acting. The film itself is nicely structured and plot generates a good deal of suspense as the actual robbery itself takes place.
The film has not dated badly and due to the expertise of all concerned and the sheer eccentricity of some of the characters it retains a freshness that many other sixties heist movies don't.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You're foreign?" "No, I'm English." 8 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Ripped off by Mission: Impossible, long on Pierce Brosnan's remake slate as an intended sequel to his version of The Thomas Crown Affair and intended by director Jules Dassin as a send-up of his classic heist movie Riffifi, Topkapi is a genuinely enjoyable comic caper movie despite a surfeit of reasons why it shouldn't work. Like Eartha Kitt, a little of Melina Mercouri goes a long way (even more so a surprisingly unfunny and irritating Akim Tamiroff), but the rest of the cast - which includes Maximilian Schell and Robert Morley - are on good form. Peter Ustinov is a particular delight as local historian, guide and schmo Arthur Simon Simpson, a carbuncle on the backside of humanity the crooks literally rope into being an accomplice in their ingenious high wire jewel robbery. With good location work, gorgeous rich Sixties colour, a catchy score by Manos Hadjidakis and a sense of fun, it has worn a lot better than most of its Sixties contemporaries. Best line: "You're foreign?" "No, I'm English."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Ustinov thriller in Turkey 8 July 2009
I have always loved this film and thought it one of the best of Peter Ustinov's parts. Its a gripping thriller, perhaps a little dated as it was made about 40 years ago, but still a great story and with an excellent cast. Parts of it are very funny with Peter Ustinov playing the part of a very put upon and rather dumb taxi driver who is scooped up into a gang of jewellery thieves. Their aim to steal the vast emerald from Topkapi Museum in Istanbul is cunningly followed through. Do they get away with it? You will have to see the video to find out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Oldie... 18 April 2010
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A great romantic comedy caper film from the 60's on the genre of heist with good performances. Cited as the "Mission Impossible" TV series inspiration and funnily enough, a similar real-life heist took place at a New York museum soon after the release of Topkapi!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Topkapi 8 Jan 2013
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Nice quality and good value.A really good crime story with some great actors. I havent seen this film for many years and feel it
may be underated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Topkapi 16 Dec 2012
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This is a really lovely film and the DVD reproduction is excellent. I wish they made films like this today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting 8 Dec 2012
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Having been to Turkey and seen the Topkapi dagger I wanted to see the film again which I recalled from the 60's. I was not disappointed
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The superb Melina Mercouri stars in this first rate entairtainment, that her husband Jules Dassin produced and directed. She is playing the role of a passionate woman who's aim is to steal a diamond dagger in the TOPKAPI Museum in Instabul. Peter Ustinov puts the laughs, Maximilian Schell the romance, and Manos Hadjidakis the excellent exotic music of the titles. The scene where Akim Tamiroff gets lowered down from the ceiling of the museum via a system of ropes, may remind you the Mission Impossible movie. That's because TOPKAPI was the inspiration for the famous TV series Mission Impossible.
You willlove it...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Topkapi Film brings back Memories of Istanbul
Great old film. Took me back to visits to Istanbul. Cheap and prompt delivery
Published 1 month ago by Rd Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video
I chose this video as I saw it when it first came out.
I liked the glamour and suspense with real film Stars. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C E England
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and nostalgic film
Excellently acted,especially by Peter Ustinov and Melina Mercouri. Recently in Istanbul,saw Topkapi Palace and Mosques.
so identified locations etcquite easily..
Published 11 months ago by John J Buckley
1.0 out of 5 stars Oops wrong area, won't play
Bought this to compare Istanbul of yesteryear with now. Set it up at the family home, opened the wine and switched it on. Read more
Published 12 months ago by phil poole
4.0 out of 5 stars it deviated quite a lot from Eric Ambler's original novel
I prefer the novel and did think that the novel's plot was much more intriguing than that of the film's. Read more
Published 12 months ago by b e dunning
1.0 out of 5 stars A comedy thriller that's neither exciting nor amusing
I remember seeing this at school on film night way back in time and watched it again only to see why I thought I might've enjoyed it as a young'un. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nugent Dirt
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchier than a very old Pair of Gardening Trousers
Tempting to turn it off or make obscene anagrams out of the title after the first ten minutes arty nonsense, the arrival of Peter Ustinov's unlikely Oscar winning performance as... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
Great , classic caper movie, would recommend this to amnyone who has visited istanbul.
Good value for the price, and the quality is good considering its age
Published 18 months ago by biro
3.0 out of 5 stars Of historical interest only.
Good to see some late departed faces in the film. Has Melina Mercuri really been dead for so long! It was purchased to review highlights of recent tour of the Topkapi Palace but... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr R Macdonell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dassin's Second Heist
Almost a decade after creating the grand-daddy of all heist movies and a tour-de-force in film-noir with "Rififi", Jules Dassin had a change of heart and created this colourful,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Seatinthestalls
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