Beautiful thief Elizabeth Lipp (Mercouri) and criminal genius Walter Harper (Maximilian Schell) put together a plan to steal an emerald-encrusted dagger from Istanbul's Topkapi Palace. As part of their crew, they hire small-time hustler Arthur Simon Simpson (Peter Ustinov) to act as their fall guy. When the Turkish secret police capture Simpson at the border, they persuade him to spy on his partners in crime, mistakenly believing that they are Communist agents plotting an assassination. The film won an Academy Award in 1965, with Peter Ustinov taking home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor.
DIRECTOR: JULES DASSIN
FILMING LOCATION: KAVALA