Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA...
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Comedy, Adventure, Musical
CIA, Ishtar, Hotel, Emir, Amateur Musician
Adventure Comedy, Buddy Film
Fish Out of Water, Dropping Out, Big Break, Americans Abroad, Musician's Life
Goofy, Silly, Humorous, Light, Witty
Just for Fun
Has Detailed Data (New)
10, 1, 2, 3
Count - Awards
US Box Office
Country Of Origin
Lyle (Beatty) and Chuck (Hoffman) are poor-quality songwriters who dream of becoming a popular singing duo like Simon and Garfunkel. Their songs with titles like "THAT A LAWNMOWER CAN DO ALL THAT" and "The Echo Song" are performed badly, and are not liked by the audiences. Their agent, Marty (Weston) books them as lounge singers in a hotel in Morocco in North Africa, to entertain troops stationed there. They unwittingly become involved in plot to overthrow the Emir of the fictional neighboring country of Ishtar. A mysterious woman named Shirra (Adjani) has a map she needs to get to the leftist guerrillas opposing the government of Ishtar. Jim (Grodin) is a CIA agent who gets involved when Shirra contacts Lyle and Chuck, because he is attempting to prevent the overthrow.
Ishtar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Elaine May and starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as "Rogers and Clarke" – a duo of incredibly untalented lounge singers who travel to Morocco looking for work, and stumble into a four-party Cold War standoff.