MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,525 this week

Electra (I) (1962)
"Ilektra" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  24 October 1962 (France)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 819 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 4 critic

Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.

Writers:

(play),
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 20 Oct 2010
 
a list of 39 titles
created 24 Jun 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 28 Aug 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 14 Sep 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 06 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Electra" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Electra (1962)

Electra (1962) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Electra.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

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
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 8/10 X  

During one of her parents many parties, Chloe learns they're bankrupt. She's being courted by Niko, a wealthy Greek American, so she decides to charm him. He's quickly captivated. That ... See full summary »

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Athena Michaelidou, Eleni Zafeiriou
Iphigenia (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

To appease offended gods before going to war, a commander must sacrifice his favorite daughter to them but does so under the pretext of marrying her off.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Irene Papas, Kostas Kazakos, Kostas Karras
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An American scholar in Greece sets about improving a prostitute he's infatuated with.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A cautionary tale. A plane carrying a weapon more dangerous than a nuclear weapon goes down near Greece. To prevent panic, the officials go in dressed as tourists (who are dressed so ... See full summary »

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Tom Courtenay, Colin Blakely, Sam Wanamaker
Elektra (1981)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Götz Friedrich
Stars: Leonie Rysanek, Astrid Varnay, Catarina Ligendza
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Mina is a charming salesgirl. She buys a lottery ticket, but she finds out soon that it has been stolen from her. Pavlos, a married lawyer, enamored with her, helps her to track down the ... See full summary »

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Giorgos Pappas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Irene Papas, Stratos Tzortzoglou, Panos Mihalopoulos
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Alexandros Mamatis, Jenny Russell, Nikiforos Naneris
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In Greece, in the early part of the 20th century, two brothers from a wealthy landowning family have opposite views on how the poor workers who work on their land should be treated.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis
Stars: Nikos Kourkoulos, Mairi Hronopoulou, Giannis Voglis
Tlayucan (1962)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A man becomes a thief out of desperation. If his identity becomes known, his neighbors might lynch him. The only friendly face in town is the local priest.

Director: Luis Alcoriza
Stars: Julio Aldama, Norma Angélica, Andrés Soler
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Giannis Fertis ...
Aleka Katselli ...
Theano Ioannidou ...
Chorus Leader
Notis Peryalis ...
Elektra's Husband
Takis Emmanuel ...
Pylades
Fivos Razi ...
Aegisthus (as Phoebus Rhazis)
Manos Katrakis ...
The Tutor
Eleni Karpeta
Kitty Arseni
E. Chatzeemichalee
Theano Krassa
M. Mauropoulou
Elli Trygonopoulo
Diza Kountoura
Edit

Storyline

A powerful rendering of the tragedy of Elektra by Euripides, second in a trilogy. The film begins with a summary treatment without dialogue of the action of the preceding play, The Agamemnon, in which the wicked Queen Clytemnestra and her lover Aesgisthes murder her husband Agamemnon upon his return from the Trojan War. Written by Paul Brians <brians@wsu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 October 1962 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Electra  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film of Elli Fotiou. See more »

Goofs

Having seconds thought about killing Klytaemnistra, Orestis proclaims a devil, not a god, must have spoken to the oracle who told him to seek vengeance. As it happens, the word "devil" comes from the Greek word diábolos which means slanderer or accuser, not the Christian or Islamic word for a supernatural enemy of humankind tempting people to commit evil deeds. See more »

Quotes

Elektra's Husband: Why are you taking care of me? You have enough unhappiness. I keep repeating this to you but you don't listen to me.
Elektra: I've been very lucky to find in you a good and very loyal friend. It's a great pleasure to ease your harsh life. Let me look after the house for you. After a hard day's work, a man likes to find his house in order.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vradya epitheorisis: Episode #1.5 (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great cinematography makes up for simplified plot.
17 January 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

An extraordinary film from a visual and dramatic standpoint, _Elektra_ unfortunately too often plays like a _Cliff's Notes_ version of Euripedes' work (although, in all fairness, I must note that the film is only "based on" the classical play). The essential structure is there: Agamemnon's murder, the banishment of Orestes, Elektra's marriage, the reuniting of the grown children, the double murder. But by clipping away much of the Euripedean dialogue, much depth of characterization is lost. The principles become one-dimensional, with only hints of the complexity which makes the story so overwhelming. However, the stark cinematography and fine acting make this film eminently watchable, particularly at the climatic matricide sequence.


19 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wow fernandooo7
Ilektra (Euripides/Mihalis Kakogiannis) AEist
Motivation + Third Daughter? Hypatia42
Discuss Electra (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?