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Arabesque (Bilingual) [Import]

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Son of Charade! July 14 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is ALMOST as good as its immediate predecessor with Grant and Hepburn. It's without a doubt Gregory Peck's best comedy, Roman Holiday or no. Stanley Donen again pairs two mega-stars who normally don't make movies together, (though in the case of Grant and Hepburn, they SHOULD have!) and produces good chemistry. Peck has great, clever lines and so does Loren in spots. However, there are a couple of scenes in the movie that keep me from giving it the full five or four star treatment.
This is a Peck, may he rest in peace, that you haven't seen before. His flippant, tossed-off lines suit the situations the writers have put his character in to a tee. He plays a professor reluctantly helping a slimy character, who KIDNAPS him to acquire his services, to decipher a piece of paper with a hieroglyphic inscription on it that a lot of people seem to be after. That hieroglyphic ISN'T exactly what concerns them, though!
Loren and the general intrigue, drag the poor man through being drugged out of his mind on a well-used freeway riding a bicycle, being abducted by yet more shady types, (a short-haired hipster and his gang), and evading armed arabs in a helicopter on horseback. Peck's character, however, dilutes any sympathy he'd get for all this by holding a knife to the exquisite Ms. Loren's throat early in the film! What's even weirder is that Loren SMILES at him after he does it since they were both trying to escape the mansion Loren was being held in. The whole thing was HER idea!
All the while, Peck throws out bon mots like there's no tomorrow, making you wonder why he didn't make more comedies, (Peter O'Toole, George Hamilton and Candice Bergen would make you think the same thing in breakout comedies THEY'VE made!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hitchcock-like Comedy/Thriller June 2 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Sophia Loren, one of the world's wonders, is excellent in this tale of espionage and mistaken identity. What I would give to have her trapped in my shower as she finds herself behind the curtain in college prof Gregory Peck's. Oh, what a lucky man!
Peck possesses his usual classic "cool" as his character and Loren's are forced to elude capture by evil Arabs bent on derailing a peace process. Alan Badel is elegantly evil as the head honcho behind the conspiracy.
And, contrary to an earlier reviewer, the memorable score was composed by American legend Henry Mancini. I know because I own a copy! Mancini's trademark use of subtle horns is highly effective in creating a feeling of doom during the tense moments. His rollicking themes utilized during the various "chase" sequences shows why he was an Academy Award winner.
Stanley Donan, know for directing the much-similar "Charade" starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, does an outstanding job at the helm of "Arabesque."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Owning Feb. 14 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Fans of Maurice Binder's work will want to own this film on video. The opening sequence must have made the trip to the theatre worthwhile and I expect that many may be reminded of Binder's work on the James Bond Films when they see the opening titles of this film.
The other great aspect of this movie is its wonderful score, the work of the legendary John Barry. For years I was unable to find a recording of the soundtrack and am happy to hear that it has recently become available again.
The film itself is adequate, a fun romp through England with Peck and Loren and the two do actually manage a sort of polite chemistry, Perhaps not unforgettable, but still playful enough that you might enjoy the film. The film is typical of Donen and that period and perhaps tries to capitalise on Donen's past works and their success. He makes full use of Loren's sex-appeal, style and when not being perfectly set and photographed, she is allowed quite a sense of humour with the role. I was impressed by the whole package (the video package, not the Loren one, although both are impressive).
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Format:VHS Tape
It is a long time since I have seen this movie but I remember much of it from over 20 years ago. That in itself says a lot about how good some things are. Arabesque is wonderful. Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren work wonderfully well together - their chemistry of a couple caught up in intrigue beyond their initial imaginings is fascinating.
It is beautifully shot in rainy London streets, and out in the glorious summer countrywide. The vividness of the colours remains memorable - her red Mercedes, some of her clothes, the rich colours of the countryside.
I am reminded of the tension and anxiety of the driving scenes in Taxi Driver. Scorsese's photographer did an excellent job of creating a sense of madness and isolation for Robert de Niro.
In Arabesque, Sophia Loren is neither mad nor isolated, but she searches anxiously in her car through busy London streets in the rain trying to catch up with Gregory Peck.
The danger of the scenes in the fields with his pursuers in the air gives Peck and the photographers the chance to film some wonderfully suspenseful footage not dissimilar to chase scenes in North By Northwest.
The title itself is intrigueing and so is the movie. I long to see it again and others like it made in the 50's and 60's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Professor D Pollock
As my name is the same as the protagonist, the movie is of interest to me, and I figure it is about as close as I will ever get to Sophia Loren. Intriguing story too.
Published 6 months ago by dpollo
5.0 out of 5 stars Arabesque
Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren and Alan Badel (absolutely superb as the villain). More plot twists than could be imagined. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John D Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you. Received in excellent condition.
One of my favourite movies - good acting, wonderful clothes (why don't we see that anymore?), lots of action. It has one of the best sound tracks.
Published 12 months ago by Patricia Winkel
2.0 out of 5 stars poorly done
Perhaps it was the era that this movie was made in, perhaps it was the cheesy performances by Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren, but this was a silly movie that I would not recommend... Read more
Published 14 months ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
A great movie to see with Sophia Loren playing a fantastic part - I did not grow up in this era but I appreciate the cleanliness of these types of movies. Wonderful to see.
Published on May 8 2012 by dianeh
5.0 out of 5 stars review an order
I had ordered this same dvd once before and received a copy that would
not play on my DVD player but would on my labtop

Frustrated I tried again as I wanted a copy... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2011 by dah man
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret of the cipher
An arabesque is an artistic motif with repeating forms and patterns. It seems like the ideal title for the movie "Arabesque," a fun if repetitive little thriller about a professor... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2011 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading between the lines
"Arabesque" has star appeal, fine chase scenes and a jaunty music score but a rather confusing plot about deciphering a coded message that everyone in the film is trying to get... Read more
Published on June 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Part Hitchcock, Part James Bond, All Escapist Fun!
Another fab Universal romantic thriller in the grand CHARADE tradition, including some of the same personnel! Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Arabesque is an extremeley entertaining and amusing movie. Peck and Loren are an excellent pair and their relationship kept me laughing throughout most of the movie. Read more
Published on June 17 2003
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