Arabesque Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren and Alan Badel

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Directed by Stanley Donen, 1966
Staring Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren and Alan Badel
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This is a 1960's action thriller that takes place in England and revolves around oil, Middle Eastern political intrigue and attempted assignation.

David Pollock (Gregory Peck), a young American professor teaching ancient Middle Eastern languages at an English university, finds himself enmeshed in the middle of a deadly three way political struggle.

Pollock's mildly boring and safe university existence is suddenly interrupted when he is secretly approached by the prime minister of a Middle Eastern nation asking him to accept a request from a wealthy businessman from the same country named Beshraavi (played by Alan Badel) to translate a note written in an ancient Hittite hieroglyphic script that is in Beshraavi's possession. Pollock is then asked to report back to the prime minister about what Beshraavi and his company are up to with the note.

Pollock accepts the assignment and begins work on the translation in the spacious mansion occupied by Beshraavi in London. In the mansion he meets Yasmin Azir (played by Sophia Loren), Beshraavi's host/mistress. Yasmin at first appears to befriend Pollock by warning him of the danger he is in by working for Beshraavi. But as Pollock attempts to escape the mansion with Yasmin's help he is plunged into the middle of a three way murderous struggle between Beshraavi organization, a liberation organization seeking to overthrow the democratic government of the Middle Eastern nation's prime minister and the prime minister and his London embassy staff. Yasmin appears to be connected to all three antagonists and it is difficult to determine whose side she is on and whether she is a friend or foe to Pollock.

The review of this Movie prepared by Chuck Nugent

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char doing spying/sabotage The terrorist enemy is...    -   arabs/muslims!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   None

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