(out of 5)

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.

USA, 1964

Directed by

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 Award
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Peter Ustinov as “Arthur Simpson”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Melina Mercouri)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Peter Ustinov


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