Stanley Donen (1966)

12 Certificate


Our Score
In the wake of box-office smash Charade, here's a glamorous trawl through international espionage from the same director, Stanley Donen. This film stars the eternally puzzled Gregory Peck (Cary Grant would have been better) and the lovely Sophia Loren, lit by ace cinematographer Chris Challis in Technicolor. The plot is some nonsense about Arab spies (hence the punning title), which doesn't really matter, but Alan Badel and brawny Irish actor Kieron Moore provide fine support. This is lush, mindless and expertly crafted matinée fare.


An American professor working at Oxford University is hired by a mysterious Arabic businessman to decipher some ancient hieroglyphics. When he learns they contain a message linked to a planned political assassination, he is drawn into a series of escapades with his employer's henchmen in hot pursuit. Spy thriller, starring Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel and Kieron Moore.

Cast & Crew

David Pollock Gregory Peck
Yasmin Azir Sophia Loren
Beshraavi Alan Badel
Yussef Kassim Kieron Moore
Hassan Jena Carl Duering
Sloane John Merivale
Webster Duncan Lamont
Ragheeb George Coulouris
Beauchamp Ernest Clark
Mohammed Lufti Harold Kasket
Fanshaw Gordon Griffin
Director Stanley Donen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video and DVD