Director: Stanley Donen Cast: Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel

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An expert in ancient hieroglyphics unexpectedly finds himself involved in a web of international intrigue in this chic, enjoyably tongue-in-cheek espionage adventure. Gregory Peck stars as David Pollock, an American professor whose predictable academic routine is overturned when he is hired to help translate a mysterious message written in an obscure ancient text. The real trouble begins, however, when everyone from a wealthy oil magnate to a foreign government to brutal criminals starts to chase Pollock, desperate to discover the nature of the deciphered message. Along for the ride is Yasmin Azir (Sophia Loren), the gorgeous lover of Pollock's employers, whose loyalties are questionable, to say the least. The tangled narrative proves less important than the film's stylish surface, from the colorful London locations to the Henry Mancini score. Certain touches date the film, like a brief foray into psychedelia, but the modish visuals are generally an appropriate match to the insouciant tone. Not taking itself seriously enough to be truly thrilling, Arabesque nevertheless stands as a witty, well-made example of a particular breed of airy, intentionally superficial comic adventure.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2011
UPC: 0025192085833
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 16,358

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck David Pollock
Sophia Loren Yasmin Azir
Alan Badel Nejim Beshraavi
Kieron Moore Yussef Kassim
Carl Duering Hassan Jena
John Merivale Sloane
Duncan Lamont Webster
George Coulouris Ragheeb
Ernest Clark Beauchamp
Harold Kasket Mohammed Lufti
Harry Locke Keeper

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director,Producer
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Pierre Marton Screenwriter
Julian Mitchell Screenwriter
Reece Pemberton Art Director
Stanley Price Screenwriter
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Frederick Wilson Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Arabesque
1. Sacred Code (Main Titles) [5:17]
2. The Professor and the Arabs [7:58]
3. Hello Ms. Azir [6:20]
4. Call Me Yasmin [10:19]
5. Whose Side Are You On? [8:05]
6. Tell Me The Truth [6:47]
7. Managed To Stay Alive [3:44]
8. Mixed-Up [5:55]
9. Sweet-Toothed [:07]
10. At the Races [5:44]
11. Find Him [3:48]
12. Cat & Mouse [6:31]
13. Getting Smashed [4:23]
14. Cracked the Cipher [5:47]
15. Foiled Assassination [4:42]
16. I'm a Spy [4:49]
17. Run for It [5:38]
18. My Turn to Lie [7:31]

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Arabesque 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gregory Peck (at his most tongue-in-cheek) and Sophia Loren (at her most pulse-poundingly beautiful) run through their espionage-laced paces under the direction of Stanley Donen (trying desperately to recapture the magic of ''Charade'') in this completely enjoyable, thoroughly mindless trifle. I won't spoil the plot (what there is of it) but suffice it to say there's good guys and bad guys and chase scenes and love scenes and more chase scenes and a shower scene by a NUDE (from the back) Sophia plus a positively top notch score by Henry Mancini. The film's fine cinematography is lost in the ''pan and scan'' VHS. Universal needs to release a DVD in the correct 2.35:1 ratio; the proper way to view this tremendous piece of fluff.