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Zorba the Greek (1964)
"Alexis Zorbas" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  14 December 1964 (Greece)
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An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.


(as Michael Cacoyannis)


(from the novel by), (screenplay) (as Michael Cacoyannis)
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Complete credited cast:
Sotiris Moustakas ...
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Pavlo (as George Voyadjis)
Takis Emmanuel ...
Giorgos Foundas ...
Mavrandoni (as George Foundas)


An aimless Englishman finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing. Written by John Vogel <>

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greek | writer | crete | greece | sirtaki | See All (87) »


Life. Lust. Love. Zorba.


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

14 December 1964 (Greece)  »

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Zorba the Greek  »

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$783,000 (estimated)


SEK 4,999,000 (Sweden)

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Pia Lindström filmed scenes for the movie as a "Peasant Girl," but her scenes were cut before release. See more »


Alexis Zorba: All right, we go outside where God can see us better.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (1998) See more »


Riri Ririka
from the operetta "Our Ririka" (1929) (uncredited)
Written by Stathis Mastoras
Performed by Madame Hortense (Lila Kedrova)
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22 August 2003 | by (Sherbrooke, Canada) – See all my reviews

When I first saw Zorba the Greek 4 years ago, I inwardly thanked my philosophy teacher for having us watch this masterpiece. Today, I am still greatful to him. This movie is definetely one of my all time favorite. The whole cast is great, the story is really close from the book (except for some details that an author can write in a book, but a director can't put easily in a film), images are wonderful, Crete is.perfect. If you have never seen this movie, I recommend it to you.

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