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

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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:
Titos Vandis ...
Mitsos Ligizos ...
The Captain (as Mitsos Lygizos)
Despo Diamantidou ...
Dimos Starenios ...
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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Release Date:

1 October 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Never on Sunday  »

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$151,000 (estimated)

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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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Referenced in That Girl: The Mating Game (1967) See more »


Ein Schiff wird kommen
Music Manos Hatzidakis
Lyrics by Fini Busch
Sung by Melina Mercouri
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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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