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Elia Kazan (written by)
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Release Date:
17 June 1964 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
A trail to the light! See more »
Plot:
A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America, Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the Greatest Films Ever Made See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stathis Giallelis ... Stavros Topouzoglou
Frank Wolff ... Vartan Damadian
Harry Davis ... Isaac Topouzoglou
Elena Karam ... Vasso Topouzoglou
Estelle Hemsley ... Grandmother Topouzoglou
Gregory Rozakis ... Hohannes Gardashian
Lou Antonio ... Abdul
Salem Ludwig ... Odysseus Topouzoglou

John Marley ... Garabet

Joanna Frank ... Vartuhi
Paul Mann ... Aleko Sinnikoglou
Linda Marsh ... Thomna Sinnikoglou
Robert H. Harris ... Aratoon Kebabian
Katharine Balfour ... Sophia Kebabian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giorgos Foundas ... (uncredited)
Dimitris Nikolaidis ... (uncredited)
Dimos Starenios ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
 
Writing credits
Elia Kazan (written by)

Produced by
Charles H. Maguire .... associate producer
Elia Kazan .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Manos Hatzidakis  (as Manos Hadjidakis)
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
 
Art Direction by
Vassilis Photopoulos (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Eligio Trani .... makeup artist (as Emilio Trani)
 
Sound Department
Jean Bagley .... sound editor
Edward Beyer .... head sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor (as John Fitzstephens)
Le Roy Robbins .... sound mixer (as Leroy Robbins)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
Stanley Bixtel .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Donodi .... chief grip
Ralph Gerling .... assistant camera
Massimo Massimi .... chief electrician
Harlow Stengel .... camera operator (as Harlowe Stengel)
Frank J. Calabria .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Grivas .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stanley Buetens .... music editor
Nikos Gatsos .... lyrics
 
Other crew
Burtt Harris .... production assistant
Marie Kenney .... script continuity
Theodore Kritas .... liason: Greece, Athena Enterprises Corporation
 

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174 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Kazan began shooting in Istanbul, but was concerned that Turkish officials would object to some of the material content and moved his base of production to Greece.See more »
Quotes:
Aleko Sinnikoglou:Women! God made the mistake of giving them tongues.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Cut (2014/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Frustration, Dreams And LonelinessSee more »

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39 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
One of the Greatest Films Ever Made, 17 June 2005
Author: Sturgeon54 from United States

Imagine a film like "The Godfather" receiving almost no audience, relegated to the occasional appearance on the AMC channel, barely being released on VHS or DVD, and you will have some idea of the tragic fate of this lost epic masterpiece. As hard as it is to believe, this may be the prolific director Elia Kazan's greatest film achievement, yet hardly anyone has seen it. This is a film on the epic scale of "The Godfather," about a young Armenian man's escape from Turkish persecution, flight from Anatolia, and eventual immigration to Ellis Island - all based upon the the experiences of the director's uncle. What is also tragic is the fact that I can think of no other film which portrays the cruel persecution and genocide inflicted upon the Armenian minority by the Ottoman Turks in the early 20th century (which Hitler correctly pointed to as proof that the world would look the other way at the genocide he had planned in Europe in the 1930s). Every period detail in the film is perfect, from the Oscar-winning costume design to the set design, Greek folk music score, veteran Haskell Wexler's cinematography, and acting - especially lead actor Giallelis, whose intensity brings to mind some of Brando's early work.

It is obvious that this film was a very personal piece of film-making for Kazan. And though I don't want to dwell as others do on Kazan's checkered past in his naming of communist colleagues for HUAC in the 1950s, it is interesting to note a parallel in the main character Stavros' personal anguish in making the choice to leave his wealthy wife and use her money to immigrate to the United States; both men made the conscious decision to drive a wedge between them and their past relationships. This is truly a film for all Americans to treasure, and if I had my way, I would make sure it was broadcast every 4th of July just as "It's a Wonderful Life" is broadcast every Christmas. As a nation of immigrants and descendants of immigrants, this is a film virtually every American can relate to. I can't figure out why it is so obscure.

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