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Never on Sunday (1960)
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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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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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1 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Never on Sunday  »

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$151,000 (estimated)
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Features first song ("Never On Sunday") from a foreign-made movie to win an Oscar. See more »

Quotes

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 Inspector Morse: Greeks Bearing Gifts (1991) See more »

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Ta paidia tou Peiraia
Music and Lyrics by Manos Hatzidakis
Sung by Melina Mercouri
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Mercouri = Magic
13 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No one else in the history of cinema became a star in America playing a sexpot at the age of 40. Melina Mercouri did. "Never on Sunday" is why.

Aided immeasurably by Manos Hadjidakis' unforgettable score (you're probably already humming the theme) and Jules Dassin's story, Mercouri's incredible presence stole the show -- and hearts worldwide.

Dassin is perfect in what would be the "nebbish" role, were he Jewish. The Greeks have, perhaps, 27 words for "nebbish" as they do for "love." Dassin brilliantly inhabits one of them.

Rarely has the energy and life force of a particular time and place been so economically and delightfully captured on film.

There's a reason "Never on Sunday" is a legend and part of every serious film lover's collection. Once you've seen it, you'll know.


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