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Never on Sunday (1960)
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An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giorgos Foundas ...
Titos Vandis ...
Mitsos Ligizos ...
The Captain (as Mitsos Lygizos)
Despo Diamantidou ...
Dimos Starenios ...
Dimitris Papamichael ...
A Sailor (as Dimitri Papamichael)
Alexis Solomos ...
Thanasis Vengos ...
Thanasis (as Thanassis Veggos)
Faidon Georgitsis ...
Nikos Fermas ...
Artemis Matsas
Koula Agagiotou
Panos Karavousanos


Illia is Piraeus's most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, Conn., arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her. Unknown to Illia, he gets the money for the books and all else he gives her from Mr. No Face, the local vice boss who wants Illia retired because her independence gives other whores ideas. Whose spirit is stronger: Homer's classical ideal or Illia's? Written by <>

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The Happy Street-Walker of Piraeus...


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1 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Never on Sunday  »

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About 20 minutes in, Homer says "Homer Thrace, of Middletown, Connecticut" to himself; That's the town where Jules Dassin was born. See more »


The Captain: Illia's happy. She's worked out a way of living. Let her alone.
Homer: No, it's impossible. A whore can't be happy. A whorish world can't be happy. I'd like to reach her mind.
The Captain: What do you want to put in her mind?
Homer: Reason, in place of fantasy. Morality, instead of immorality. I've got to educate her. Transform her.
The Captain: Remember what happened to Pygmalion.
Homer: I wouldn't make that mistake. She is lovely. But for me, she's not a woman; she's an idea. She's an outlaw. Yes! Can't you see? The law must be ...
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Ein Schiff wird kommen
Music Manos Hatzidakis
Lyrics by Fini Busch
Sung by Melina Mercouri
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Greek Delight
19 November 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Never on Sunday is a beautiful, down to earth, romantic comedy. It's a feel-good movie without the Hollywood over-sweetness. A well to do American is educated by a Greek courtesan who is not so sophisticated but full of life. And life proves to be more important then money or sophistication. And there even is a happy ending even though is one with a tear, if you a a sucker for such things. The music is prefect. The title-song is just great. The scenery makes you want to got to Greece for your next holiday. In an nutshell; this is one Greek Delight. Watch it on a cold Sunday and you'll get all warm inside. Watch it on a hot summers-night and you'll believe your in Greece already.

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