Arabesque (1966)

An American expert in hieroglyphics travels to Oxford to decipher a cryptic message. He soon discovers that the message is of great import to a series of foreign spies and Middle Eastern leaders and finds himself at the center of an… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 5, 1966
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
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TIME Magazine

The cinematic busywork offers sporadic fun, but also suggests the unsteady posture of a show that always seems about to fall flat on its pretty face.

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Grace Glueck
New York Times

About 10 minutes after Arabesque gets under way, you'll lose track of its plot completely, and that's as it should be.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Dated espionage farce sabotaged by elderly stars and witless jokes

Variety Staff

Arabesque packs the names of Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren and a foreign intrigue theme, but doesn't always progress on a true entertainment course.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's a slick and satisfying entertainment.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you don't mind that the plot not only doesn't matter but doesn't make much sense, you will be rewarded with a very entertaining film.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Much flashier than Donen's earlier Charade (also scripted by Peter Stone, alias Pierre Marton) and very sub-Hitchcock.

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TV Guide

It's all mindless, absurdly complex and hopelessly hip in that 1960s sort of way, but an agreeable way to pass the time with gorgeous Sophia.

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Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

upscale Bondian thriller without the silly special effects

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William Sleet
'Arabesque' has the unfortunate handicap of being Stanley Donen's follow-up to the rather more revered and more polished 'Charade'.… More
Mason Williams
What a screen gem from the 1960's with Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck. Both of these actors play in this mystery taking place in the UK. Fortune and… More
Aj V
Do we ever figure out why the "bad guys" want to know what the hieroglyphics mean? I can't recall, and I don't think I understood this… More
Doctor Strangeblog
Frivolous espionage yarn, a charade of a <i>Charade</i> with a goofy Gregory Peck and sumptuous Sophia Loren; not the worst trade for Grant &… More
jay nixon
Fun mystery thriller. Sophia looks incredible as are her clothes. She and Gregory Peck have a good chemistry. Most enjoyable.
Anthony Valletta
Very Hitchcock.