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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Topkapi (1964)

JULES DASSIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1964.  .  Screenplay by , based on the novel The Light Of Day by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Jules Dassin.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1964.  Golden Globe Awards 1964.  

Thrilling heist caper is right up there with Jules Dassin’s equally memorable Rififi, the setting a lot more colourful this time and the characters a hell of a lot loopier.  A group of jaded thieves decide to combine efforts and steal a precious, jewel-engraved knife from the Topkapi museum in Istanbul. When a small-time con man () gets involved, the police decide to sit on him until he rats his friends out. The police were originally suspecting arms smuggling, but thanks to Ustinov’s information get wind of something much more interesting than they imagined. is delightful in this adventure, one that reunites her with husband and Never On Sunday director Dassin, as well as Sunday’s composer Manos Hadjidakis.

3 comments on “Topkapi (1964)

  1. vinnieh
    July 26, 2013

    Excellent review, sounds like a fun film.

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