7.4/10
3,935
31 user 12 critic

Never on Sunday (1960)

Pote tin Kyriaki (original title)
An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stella (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of a young, wild woman who doesn't want to compromise and settle down. Stella is a restless, rebellious Greek woman who plays with men and enjoys her life as much as she can. But ... See full summary »

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Giorgos Foundas, Alekos Alexandrakis
Topkapi (1964)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Caper film about the theft of a jeweled dagger from an Istanbul museum.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story of 6 or 7 prostitutes, at Pireas harbor.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis
Stars: Jenny Karezi, Giorgos Foundas, Dimitris Papamichael
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Marina's sister drowned herself, her brother is both headstrong and weak, and her widowed mother has a reputation for sleeping around. Plus, Marina, who's family was rich before the war, is... See full summary »

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Eleni Zafeiriou
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Aliki is in love with someone who serves his duty in the greek navy. Wanting to see him, she disguises as a navy soldier and gets aboard her lover's ship. Things get more complicated when ... See full summary »

Director: Alekos Sakellarios
Stars: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael, Giannis Gionakis
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A bank teller discovers an accounting error and becomes rich

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas
Stars: Yvonne Sanson, Dimitris Horn, Vasilis Avlonitis
Phaedra (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The powerful Greek shipowner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos'greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Grégoire Aslan
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Four stories, humorous, romantic or dramatic, are linked by a counterfeit gold sovereign. It is made by the honest engraver in the first story, seduced by the charms of a young widow, and ... See full summary »

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas
Stars: Vasilis Logothetidis, Ilia Livykou, Mimis Fotopoulos
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young teacher Floras arrives to teach a class at a girls' high school in Athens. His students, daughters of rich Athenian families, are very spoilt making his and the other teachers work ... See full summary »

Director: Alekos Sakellarios
Stars: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael, Hristos Tsaganeas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A daughter discovers her wealthy family is actually on the verge of bankruptcy and decides to charm a millionaire for his money in marriage. Soon she is torn between living a lie and keeping up appearances.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Athena Michaelidou, Eleni Zafeiriou
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Tonio
Titos Vandis ...
Jorgo
Mitsos Ligizos ...
The Captain (as Mitsos Lygizos)
Despo Diamantidou ...
Despo
Dimos Starenios ...
Poubelle
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Happy Street-Walker of Piraeus...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

1 October 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Never on Sunday  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$151,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Life in Ruins (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Never on Sunday! That's my day of rest!
11 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is easy to see why I am fascinated with Greece. It is not because of it's role in this film. Melina Mercouri plays a self-made woman of the world's oldest profession in one of the world's greatest civilizations. She is beautiful, intelligent, and independent from men. In fact, she entices men to her rather than play subservient and inferior. Melina Mercouri was perhaps Greek's best known actress. While American born and bred, Jules Dassin's character, Homer, tries to capture his vacation in Greece. He tries to change her like Professor Higgins in Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. He cannot change what is special and unique about her. Ilia is a force to be reckon with and returns to her glory as the best person around, herself. She is a strong woman who makes no excuses for her lifestyle. The men adore and worship her like a Greek Goddess. Perhaps, that's what she is--a Greek Goddess! It makes you want to go to Greece ever more. It is no wonder that in real life, Jules Dassin and Melina Mercouri fell in love.


14 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Relevant to the world today pmamolou
Greel lyrics of the song franchi-andr
Anyone ever hear Bing Crosby's version of 'never on Sunday'? agoreski
Subtitles philpots-1
What does Illia say PourRire
Discuss Never on Sunday (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?