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Never on Sunday (1960)

Pote tin Kyriaki (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 October 1960 (USA)
An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

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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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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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Budget:

$151,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 January 1962
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Homer: It's extraordinary! Where do you learn all those languages?
Illya: In bed.
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Referenced in Tempest (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Ta paidia tou Peiraia
Music and Lyrics by Manos Hatzidakis
Sung by Melina Mercouri
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A Connecticut Yankee in Melina Mercouri's Court
20 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

Middle-aged American scholar Jules Dassin (as Homer) goes from Connecticut to a Greek sea port, where he discovers vivacious thirty-something prostitute Melina Mercouri (as Ilya). As he soaks up local culture, Mr. Dassin decides to play "Pygmalion" with Ms. Mercouri. Speaking about morality and happiness, Dassin wants Mercouri to cleave only unto him; but, that means she must give up her regular seamen, including handsome Giorgos Foundas (as Tonio) and the occasional lonely young sailor. Mercouri is happy with her pleasure-driven lifestyle. Dassin wants her to change…

Dassin wrote and directed "Never on Sunday" for the actress he loved. The film won Mercouri the "Best Actress" prize at the film's celebrated "Cannes Film Festival" opening. She went on to receive similar consideration from the "New York Film Critics" (her performance was #8), and nominations from the US and UK Academies. Dassin and the music also received many honors. In the end, Mercouri and the music are the film's main assets.

The excellent Manos Hatzidakis title song was an easy listening hit for several recording stars, worldwide; collectively, the song must have sold many millions during 1960-61. My grandfather and mother liked the more innocent stereo LP version by Connie Francis. MGM made sturdy record albums; it still plays.

****** Never on Sunday (5/25/60) Jules Dassin ~ Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas, Titos Vandis


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