Topkapi (1964)

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… More

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DVD Release Date: October 7, 2014
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The story never quite adds up, but with help from Ustinov and Robert Morley, Dassin conjures up a superior light entertainment.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

If you like heists and holidays, it's almost foolproof entertainment.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

If you don't split something, either laughing or squirming in suspense, we'll be surprised.

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Douglas Pratt

It is the performances, however, that have enabled the movie to retain its vitality.

Time Out

It's a far cry from his classic American thrillers or his brilliant British noir, Night and the City.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

The film combines sparkling dialogue with moments of unbearable tension.

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TV Guide

[A] enjoyable, fast-moving tale of a caper pulled by some of the most delightful characters ever assembled on one screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A group of thieves recruit a bumbling fool in their quest to steal a dagger from a museum. In the tradition of <i>Ocean's Eleven</i> this is a… More
Ross Collins
60s heist movie with charming Mediterranean settings, that doesn't take itself too seriously to the point where it ends up feeling like a camp Carry On… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Arthur Simon Simpson: It's not a question of losing my nerve; I never *had* nerve! A fine heist flick from a man who is pretty much one of the masters of… More
Stephen M
Peter Ustinov is good as the reluctant spy--and nearly as reluctant jewel thief--but the rest of the cast is pretty unappealing and the film is at least 20… More
Red Lats
I didn't like this movie much. The dagger heist was interesting, and the forerunner of many current heists like the Ocean series. But the rest of the… More
Ken Stachnik
Awesome little heist film by the master Jules Dassin. De Palma cribbed the Mission Impossible "Tom Cruise hanging from the ceiling" bit from here.