Ishtar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Elaine May and starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as "Rogers and Clarke" – a duo of incredibly untalented lounge singers who travel to Morocco looking for work, and stumble into a four-party Cold War standoff.
It also starred Isabelle Adjani and Charles Grodin and was shot by Vittorio Storaro. The songs in the film were written by Paul Williams, with additional input from Hoffman and May.
The motion picture's production, carried out on location in Morocco and in New York City, drew media attention before its release due to its lavish budget and cost overruns, even given its well-paid stars. May and many of the others involved with the project, particularly Beatty, clashed regularly to the point that longstanding friendships suffered. A change in studio management during the post-production phase also led to interpersonal difficulties that affected the film.
The film was a notorious failure at the box office and received horrible...