Unrated | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A conman gets mixed up with a group of thieves who plan to rob an Istanbul museum to retrieve a jewelled dagger.
Director Jules Dassin originally planned to cast Peter Sellers as Arthur Simon Simpson and hoped to cast Orson Welles as Cedric Page. Welles refused this role and Sellers later dropped out, to be replaced by Sir Peter Ustinov (whom Sellers had, in turn, replaced in The Pink Panther (1963).
It can be done! That's the way it can be done! Aaah... oh, excuse me; I've just had a great idea - something I've been looking for a long time... a very long time.
When the team members are watching the wrestling matches before the heist, Mercouri's hairstyle changes from shot to shot (pulled back, loose)
At the beginning, the title and the technical credits are shown, but no credit is given to the actors or to the producer-director. However, at the end, (spoiler) we suddenly see the words "There they go again!", and all of the leading actors appear in a snowbound setting, together with their names. Then the names of all of the other actors, together with the name of the producer-director, appear on the screen.
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