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Topkapi (1964) was a Adventure - Crime Film directed by Jules Dassin and produced by Jules Dassin, Roger Dwyre and Lee Katz.

The film was based on the novel The Light of Day written by Eric Ambler published in 1962.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorPeter UstinovWon

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Topkapi (1964)

By Beatrice on Mar 17, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Topkapi Directed by Jules Dassin Written by Monja Danischewski from a novel by Eric Ambler 1964/USA Filmways Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental Walter Harper: It’s your most endearing quality. Despite some excellent performances I was underwhelmed by this heist movie. Master criminals ... Read full article

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[Simpson is talking to the Turkish guards who have arrested him]
Arthur Simon Simpson: You frighten me, sir. But, after all, that's part of your job. But if my father could hear you now he'd laugh himself sick. He wasn't no colonel, sir. I just said that in order to make myself seem important. He was a sergeant - acting sergeant - acting unpaid sergeant. And d'you know what he used to say to me? He used to say, "Arthur"... he used to call me Arthur... "Arthur, you're a carbuncle on the behind of humanity." Carbuncle! I'm a nothing! I'm a nobody!

Turkish Official: [advising Major Tufan of Simpson's criminal record] In 1958 he was deported from Britain for smuggling pornographic literature.
Arthur Simon Simpson: An art magazine, sir!
Turkish Official: Called...?
Arthur Simon Simpson: 'Stop Press Nudes'!

Walter Harper: Giulio's on the sill now. I'll help you lower him down.
Arthur Simon Simpson: Can't he do anything by himself?

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Six weeks after the release of Topkapi, a similar, real-life heist took place at a New York City museum. Although 22 gems were stolen, they were recovered within 48 hours.
Cited by Mission: Impossible TV series creator Bruce Geller as the inspiration for his own series.
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