Ishtar: The Director's Cut | Chicago Reader

Ishtar: The Director's Cut

Rated PG-13 104 minutes 2013

"Treated as a debacle upon release, partially as payback for producer-star Warren Beatty's high-handed treatment of the press, this Elaine May comedy was the most underappreciated commercial movie of 1987," wrote Jonathan Rosenbaum "Beatty and Dustin Hoffman, both cast against type, play inept songwriters who score a club date in North Africa and accidentally get caught up in various international intrigues. Misleadingly pegged as an imitation Road to Morocco, the film is better read as a light comic variation on May's masterpiece Mikey and Nicky as well as a prescient send-up of blundering American idiocy in the Middle East." Screening in a director's cut, running 104 minutes compared to the original release length of 107.

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