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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 film 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 1980s.

The following weapons were used in the film Ishtar:


Walther P38

Armed opposition members and Ishtar secret police officers frequently use Walther P38s.

Walther P1 - 9x19mm
The leader of the guerrillas (Haluk Bilginer) fires a Walther P38.
A suppressed P38 is also used by the secret police of Ishtar.

Beretta 92F

Secret policemen are seen armed with the Beretta 92F.

Beretta 92F (Early Model) - 9x19mm

Smith & Wesson 39

Some agents and police officers also use the Smith & Wesson 39.

Smith & Wesson Model 39-2 - 9x19mm

Submachine Guns

Ingram MAC-10

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

Ingram MAC-10 with suppressor - .45 ACP

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


Ishtar soldiers and police officers are equipped with Uzi submachine guns.

Uzi - 9x19mm

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

The English Gunrunner (Warren Clarke) offers a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine guns, which he carries slung.

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.



Various characters in the film use the AKS-47.

AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
Chuck Clarke (Dustin Hoffman) with an AKS-47 in his hand, offered by the gunrunner.
A CIA agent shoots from a helicopter at the two men in the desert.
Lyle Rogers (Warren Beatty) returns fire at the CIA helicopter.


Several AIM or AIMS assault rifles are seen in a box in the gunrunner's truck.

AIMS - 7.62x39mm

M1 Carbine

Chuck Clarke (Dustin Hoffman) arms himself with an M1 Carbine during the desert shootout.

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
The CIA sniper aims the rifle.
View from the helicopter.

Machine Guns

Goryunov SG-43

The Berber nomads take interest in a Goryunov SG-43 while buying weapons from the smugglers in the desert.

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun On 'Sokolov' mount with shield - 7.62x54mmR


The gunrunner offers an FN MAG 58, which gets into the hands of Lyle and Chuck.

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


Hawk MM1

A Hawk MM1 grenade launcher is used by Chuck in the desert.

Hawk MM1 grenade launcher with short barrel - 40x46mm
Dustin Hoffman-HawkGL.jpg

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.


Gunrunner's Arsenal

The English Gunrunner (Warren Clarke) displays a wide array of merchandise to the Berbers.

An M16 series rifle and a pair of Tokarev TT-33s sit on a table in the foreground.
In addition to weapons previously mentioned, an SKS, AIM, and Browning M2HB are also seen.
An RPG-7 and the same Browning M2HB are seen, as well as multiple AK-type rifles.

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