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DVD Cover
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Elaine May
Release Date 1987
Language French
Studio Columbia Pictures Corporation
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lyle Rogers Warren Beatty
Chuck Clarke Dustin Hoffman
Shirra Assel Isabelle Adjani
CIA Agent Matt Frewer
CIA Agent Alex Hyde-White
English Gunrunner Warren Clarke
Abdul Fijad Hageb
Jim Harrison Charles Grodin

Ishtar is a 1987 adventure comedy written and directed by Elaine May and starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as Lyle Rogers and Chuck Clarke, a pair of inept songwriters who accept a job in Morocco and unwittingly become involved in a government coup involving the CIA and the fictional country of Ishtar. The film co-stars Isabelle Adjani as Shirra Assel and Charles Grodin as CIA officer Jim Harrison. The film is also notorious for being one of the biggest box office bombs of the 1980's.

The following weapons were used in the film Ishtar:


Walther P38

Armed opposition and also secret policemen frequently used Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P1 - 9x19mm.
The leader of the guerrillas (Haluk Bilginer) fired a Walther P38 pistol.
These pistols fitted with a silencer also used the secret police of state Ishtar.

Beretta 92F

Secret policeman are seen armed with the Beretta 92F.

Beretta 92F (Early Model) - 9x19mm

Smith & Wesson 39

Some agents and police officers in the film also used Smith & Wesson 39 pistol.

Smith & Wesson Model 39-2 - 9x19mm

Submachine Guns

Ingram MAC-10

Shirra Assel (Isabelle Adjani) uses a suppressed Mac-10 submachine gun.

Ingram MAC-10 with suppressor - .45 ACP

Shirra Assel (Isabelle Adjani) holds a suppressed Mac-10 submachine gun.
Shirra gives the submachine gun to Abdul (Fijad Hageb) as she prepares to use the rocket launcher.


Soldiers and police officers of Ishtar are equipped with Uzi submachine guns.

Uzi 9mm

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine gun

English Gunrunner (Warren Clarke) has on offer also Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine guns, which he also wears.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with early "slimline" handguard - 9x19mm
On the left, English Gunrunner (Warren Clarke) offers to sell some Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine guns, one of which he also carries.
Chuck Clarke (Dustin Hoffman) holds the MP5A2 with slim handguard.


AKS-47 assault rifle

Various characters in the film had used a AKS-47 assault rifle.

AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
Chuck Clarke (Dustin Hoffman) with AKS-47 in his hand offered a weapons of smugglers.
Agent of CIA shoots from a helicopter at the two men in the desert.
Lyle Rogers (Warren Beatty) returnss fire on a man in helicopter.

AIM/AIMS assault rifle

In the box on the back of the gunrunner´s truck is the AIM/AIMS assault rifle.

AIMS - 7.62x39mm

M1 Carbine

Armed with an M1 Carbine, Chuck Clarke (Dustin Hoffman) is ready to repel an attack from any side.

Auto Ordnance M1 Carbine (Modern production) - .30 Carbine
Dustin Hoffman-M1Carbine.jpg

Weatherby Mk.V

A CIA sniper is seen armed with a Weatherby Mark V.

Weatherby Mk. V rifle - .300 Weatherby Mag
A CIA sniper aims the rifle.
View from the helicopter.

Machine Guns

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun

Among the weapons about that have the Berber nomads a interest is the Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun.

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun On 'Sokolov' mount with shield - 7.62x54mm R

FN MAG 58 machine gun

One of a smuggler's offered machine guns type FN MAG 58 got into the hands of Lyle and Chuck.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
FN MAG-Ishtar.jpg
Warren Beatty-FN MAG.jpg


Hawk MM1 grenade launcher

This Hawk MM1 grenade launcher in the Chuck's hand to insert Shirra Assel (Isabelle Adjani).

Hawk MM1 grenade launcher with short barrel - 40x46mm
M79 Grenade Launcher.

FIM-43 Redeye

Shirra Assel (Isabelle Adjani) fires an FIM-43 Redeye to destroy a helicopter.

Dummy FIM-43 Redeye Block I/II with sling - 70mm
Shirra Assel (Isabelle Adjani) fires the FIM-43 Redeye.

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