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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aliki Vougiouklaki ...
Dimitris Papamichael ...
Pantelis Zervos ...
Thodoros Moridis ...
(as Theodoros Moridis)
Yorgos Damasiotis ...
Police Commander
Despo Diamantidou
Smaro Stefanidou ...
Kira nomatarhaina
Kaiti Lambropoulou ...
Lavrentis Dianellos ...
Kapetan Kosmas
Thanasis Vengos ...
Spyros Kalogirou ...
Maria Giannakopoulou
Thanasis Tzeneralis ...
(as Thanos Tzeneralis)
Mary Metaxa
Panos Karavousanos ...
(as Panagiotis Karavousanos)


A young and brave girl after her father's death decides to continue her father's trade, carrying people and things with his boat. Thus she will be able to feed her 6 brothers/sisters. However the islanders do not trust a woman to carry them: they prefer her father's competitor, another boatman. The priest of the village helps her and arranges so that during epiphany, she is the one that catches the cross. Thus, public opinion turns to her favor: she is now "blessed". In a little while, the competitor brings a machine boat and the villagers forget the "blessed", who has no customers. In despair, Madalena decides to marry someone she doesn't love, while in reality she loves the son of the other boatman. The priest once more plays a significant role. He intercedes and the right couple get married: Voygiouklaki and Papamihael. Written by scanoni

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The stars (Aliki Vougiouklaki and Dimitris Papamichael) were married 5 years later on 22 January 1965. They divorced on 1975. See more »


Thalassa Platia
Music and Lyrics by Manos Hatzidakis
Performed by Aliki Vougiouklaki
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Makes one appreciate what we are blessed with
10 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Madalena, battles against all odds to fend for her 6 very young brothers and sisters after their father's untimely death. She needs to continue to operate her little sail transport boat, ferrying islanders, in competition with another better established family, doing the same. There are times of sadness, happiness, fear and joy. Aliki's singing, as always adds such a happy mood to the unfolding story. The movie is filmed completely out in the open, with real scenes and obviously on an island, which is quite unlike most movies of this era, that were filmed indoors due to small filming budgets. It would be great to have seen this movie in colour, because the scenic shots capture the essence and character of what Greece and its islands are known for. The sound quality and editing is of a high standard and the continuity is professional. Once again Dimitris Papamichael (a very young one at that) plays the leading male role with a comical and guiding light performance by Pantelis Zervos as the village priest. Then of course, another up and coming famous Greek actor (also very young version of) - Thanasis Vegos who plays the village "bobby" and a funny one at that. Great movie. Left me with admiration for what some of the poor Greek Islanders had to face in the mid 1900's in order to survive. What it meant to be proud of one's achievements, no matter how small and to be happy with what one has. Totally in contrast to today's greedy, materialistic and commercial world we encourage.It left me with a warm, sad and thoughtful feeling. It was worth the time.

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