Topkapi
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After years of enduring movie lampoons of his 1955 crime-caper classic Rififi, director Jules Dassin topped them all with his own spoof, Topkapi. It's a rather disreputable crew that teams for the elaborate jewel theft masterminded by Maximillian Schell. Sexy Melina Mercouri (Mrs. Dassin) is probably the best of the batch: the others are faffling Robert Morley, unreliable Gilles Segal and Jess Hahn. Bumbling Peter Ustinov (who won an Oscar for his performance) is duped into helping the thieves, and soon finds himself uneasily straddling both sides of the law. As in Rififi, the theft itself… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"The story never quite adds up, but with help from Ustinov and Robert Morley, Dassin conjures up a superior light entertainment."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"If you like heists and holidays, it's almost foolproof entertainment."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"[A] enjoyable, fast-moving tale of a caper pulled by some of the most delightful characters ever assembled on one screen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is proof that a popcorn movie can still be made as intelligently and as skillfully as any 'classier' project."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Dassin's film is a fun but frothy follow-up to Riffi which remains the finest heist film ever made."
‑ , Film4
"Ustinov has probably the meatiest part in the film and one that allows him to use many of the unsubtleties in dominating scenes he has at his command."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Jules Dassin's popular heist comedy-adventure is an enjoyable film, boasting an international cast headed by wife Melina Mercouri and Oscar-winner Peter Ustinov."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Stylish lighthearted comical heist drama of stealing a priceless diamond and emerald-studded dagger from Turkey's world-famous Topkapi Museum."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A minor classic of the genre."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It's fun, light hearted, smart and wildly entertaining."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"It's a far cry from his classic American thrillers or his brilliant British noir, Night and the City."
‑ , Time Out
"It is the performances, however, that have enabled the movie to retain its vitality."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Classic heist film with breezy direction and top cast."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"One of the very best heist films ever made, Topkapi provides the template for the many lighthearted capers that came later"
‑ , Austin Chronicle
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