DVD - 2013
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"Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren star in this high-speed, high-class tale of Middle Eastern intrigue set in London... the breezy, romantic thriller casts Peck as an Oxford professor of languages hired by a mysterious Arab oil magnate to decipher a secret message. When Peck unravels its real meaning and befriends Sophia Loren, the magnate's exotic but unpredictable companion, the chase is on."
Publisher: 1966 ,
[Kew, Victoria] [2013]. Umbrella Entertainment,
Branch Call Number: DVD ARAB
Characteristics: 1 DVD (101 min.)
Alternative Title: The cipher


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Dec 15, 2014

I may have given this film one star more than it really deserves, but oh what the heck. I've always liked it and still do. "Arabesque" is not exactly "Charade," director Donen's 1963 classic, but it offers a droll Gregory Peck as a bewildered college professor drawn into a byzantine plot involving some Arabs chasing a formula on a microdot, and Sophia Loren at possibly her most exotically beautiful as the resourceful mistress of the main bad guy.

Loren doesn't have Audrey Hepburn's winsome vulnerability, but given what she does have it hardly matters. Peck lacks Cary Grant's comedic ease and flawless timing but he does his best and he is not without charm. I don't think either of them come close to Hepburn and Grant in terms of real chemistry, but they seem to get on well and it translates reasonably plausibly.
Worth your time.

Nov 12, 2014

One of my favorite movies. Peck and Loren are classic. Loren mis-prounounces too beautifully. Such delight, arabian style. Georgeous clothes and score.

Nov 18, 2011

possibly the worst dialogue ever written, or only seems that way spoken by a good actor like peck. Wince cringe unwatchable. Chemistry with Loren-- fun for him, waste of time for audience. Creepy zoo menagerie is also supposed to be exotic/sexy. Just creepy.

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