Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman star in writer/director Elaine May's modern-day road movie, and play two dim-witted and talentless singer-songwriters whose agent tells them to go as far away as possible. They are offered work in North Africa in the tiny nation of 'Ishtar' to entertain the US troops. But whilst trying to get there they become involved in a revolution and somehow they end up on different sides, trying to impress a freedom-fighter (Isabelle Adjani) who is riding behind a camel across the desert and being tailed by C.I.A. snipers. The songs were written by actor/musician Paul Williams.