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David Pollock (Gregory Peck) is an expert in ancient Arabic hieroglyphics. A Middle Eastern Prime Minister convinces Pollock to infiltrate the organization of a man named Beshraavi (Alan Badel), who is involved in a plot against the Prime Minister. The nature of the plot is believed to be found in a hieroglyphic code. Beshraavi's mistress, Yasmin Azir (Sophia Loren) is a mystery intertwined in the plot. Pollock needs her help, but when she repeatedly seems to double cross him in one escapade after another, he can't decide on whose side she is working. Ultimately working together, Pollock and Yasmin decipher the plot and set out to stop an assassination of the Prime Minister.
It is beautifully shot in rainy London streets, and out in the glorious summer countrywide. The vividness of the colours remains memorable - her red Mercedes, some of her clothes, the rich colours of the countryside.
I am reminded of the tension and anxiety of the driving scenes in Taxi Driver. Scorsese's photographer did an excellent job of creating a sense of madness and isolation for Robert de Niro.
In Arabesque, Sophia Loren is neither mad nor isolated, but she searches anxiously in her car through busy London streets in the rain trying to catch up with Gregory Peck.
The danger of the scenes in the fields with his pursuers in the air gives Peck and the photographers the chance to film some wonderfully suspenseful footage not dissimilar to chase scenes in North By Northwest.
The title itself is intrigueing and so is the movie. I long to see it again and others like it made in the 50's and 60's.
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Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren are two of my favorites but that in itself does not get this movie five stars from me; however, it is entertaining with action, suspense and dramatic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Henry Hank
Glitzy and glamorous and a lot of fun! You might have to watch it a couple of times to totally figure it out completely but don't let that hold you back from watching!Published 5 months ago by Simon Templar
Great product, we love old movies. This was a fun movie, and in the opening scene with Sophia, wow what a beauty....Published 8 months ago by Mike
Attempt at a light, Charade style thriller from the same producer/director hasn't aged nearly as well as its classic predecessor and was enough of a creative dead-end that Stanley... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph H Smart
I had seen this movie at the theater when it was first released. I love Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren~!!!
Great adventure.....sometimes difficult to follow the story/plot. Read more
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