D: Elaine May
Columbia (Warren Beatty)
US 1987
107 mins


W: Elaine May
DP: Vittorio Storaro
Ed: Stephen A. Rotter, William Reynolds & Richard Cirincione
Mus: John Strauss

Warren Beatty (Lyle Rogers), Dustin Hoffman (Chuck Clarke), Isabelle Adjani (Shirra Assel), Charles Grodin (Jim Harrison), Jack Weston (Marty Freed), Tess Harper (Willa)

You can't spell Ishtar without s-h-i-t.
This huge box office flop was an incredibly ill-conceived attempt to recreate the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby "Road To" vehicles of the 1940's.
Dustin Hoffman & Warren Beatty play a Simon & Garfunkel-like songwriting duo who inadvertently get involved in Middle Eastern affairs.
The film's main problem is that it isn't funny on any level and is simply embarrassing for all involved.
Claims to be the worst film ever made are fair.

Dustin Hoffman & Warren Beatty in Ishtar
Dustin Hoffman & Warren Beatty in Ishtar