| ||ISHTAR, is loosely inspired by the musical road movies that featured partners Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. It stars Hollywood great actors Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, who do most of their own singing in the film. Even thou it bombed at the box-office at the time of its release, it still have a big following. It is a must have for any fans of Hoffman and Beatty. |
Plot: Two down-and-out singer/songwriters (played by Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty) who dream of becoming the next Simon and Garfunkel find themselves hitting the bottom of the barrel after their women leave them and their careers never get off the ground. Out of money, and with no prospects of work in New York, they grudgingly agree to accept a gig in Morocco. Before they even leave the airport in Morocco, they are suddenly ensnared into the revolution brewing in the country, and unwittingly get sucked into Middle Eastern political turmoil beyond their wildest dreams. Before their Moroccan adventure is over, Chuck and Lyle question their trust, their loyalty, and their sanity--but never their talent. A would-be road picture a la Hope and Crosby, the film is worth seeing for Hoffman's and Beatty's dry portrayals of down-on-their-luck ne'er-do-wells, and their earnest, off-key renditions of the film's original songs. Additionally, the film was beset by production and budget challenges that are now the stuff of publicity legend.
The dvd is encoded NTSC REGION 0(playable of U.S. and Canada dvd players). The audio is DOLBY DIGITAL 2.0 and video is presented in WIDESCREEN format, and the video quality is EXCELLENT(rates 10 out of 10).
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