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Never on Sunday (1960)
"Pote tin Kyriaki" (original title)

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An American scholar in Greece sets about improving a prostitute he's infatuated with.

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Giorgos Foundas ...
Tonio
Titos Vandis ...
Jorgo
Mitsos Ligizos ...
The Captain (as Mitsos Lygizos)
Despo Diamantidou ...
Despo
Dimos Starenios ...
Poubelle
Dimitris Papamichael ...
A Sailor (as Dimitri Papamichael)
Alexis Solomos ...
Noface
Thanasis Vengos ...
Thanasis (as Thanassis Veggos)
Faidon Georgitsis ...
Sailor
Nikos Fermas ...
Waiter
Artemis Matsas
Koula Agagiotou
Panos Karavousanos
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Happy Street-Walker of Piraeus...

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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1 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Never on Sunday  »

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$151,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Features first song ("Never On Sunday") from a foreign-made movie to win an Oscar. See more »

Quotes

Homer: She killed them. Medea herself, does she not say, "I killed my children"?
Illya: And you believe her? You don't understand the women. Medea loves her husband, yes?
Homer: Yes.
Illya: Her husband is interested in another woman? Yes?
Homer: Yes.
Illya: So she said to her husband that she has killed her children to frighten him, to get him back.
Homer: No!
Illya: Yes. She gets him back, and everybody go away and everybody is happy and they go to the seashore. And that's all!
Homer: If I show you that everything that was ever written about Medea talks ...
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Soundtracks

Ta paidia tou Peiraia
Music and Lyrics by Manos Hatzidakis
Sung by Melina Mercouri
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All things Greek and wonderful!
25 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my all-time favorite movies! Coming from the 50's generation, I remember seeing this movie when I was a teenager and being absolutely fascinated by the Greek setting, music and dancing. I believe that this movie contributed to my interest in foreign movies to this day. The song "Never on Sunday" was very popular on the radio in the 60's. If you don't remember it now, you probably will, once you hear it.

The story line in this movie is clever and charming. The variety of characters pull you right into the story. It's dramatic, funny and at the same time, romantic. Tame by today's standards, this movie must have been considered very risqué for its time, but it remains entertaining to this day.....timeless!!! A must-see for old movie buffs.


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