In this scene from Ishtar, songwriters Rogers and Clarke (Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) try their hands at being a cover band. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out too well.
One of the things I really like about the film Ishtar is how director Elaine May deliberately cast against type. Warren Beatty, who had a reputation as a real Hollywood stud, was cast as the shy awkward one, and the nebbishy Dustin Hoffman was cast as the ladykiller of the two.
Yes, it’s the song from the much-maligned film, Ishtar, starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as two hapless singer-songwriters who, in the Hope-Crosby style, find themselves soon on the Road to Morocco. The believably bad songs were written by songwriter Paul Williams. In this opening credits scene, the duo are struggling earnestly to come up with a hit song.
In a just world, one day Ishtar would get the respect it deserves as a very funny movie.