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

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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.

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Anna Kyriakou ...
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Pavlo (as George Voyadjis)
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Giorgos Foundas ...
Mavrandoni (as George Foundas)
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Life. Lust. Love. Zorba.

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Release Date:

14 December 1964 (Greece)  »

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Zorba the Greek  »

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Budget:

$783,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 4,999,000 (Sweden)
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Herschel Bernardi was nominated for the 1969 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Zorba" in the musical adaptation of this movie. See more »

Quotes

Alexis Zorba: If a woman sleeps alone, it puts a shame on all men.
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Referenced in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) See more »

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Riri Ririka
from the operetta "Our Ririka" (1929) (uncredited)
Written by Stathis Mastoras
Performed by Madame Hortense (Lila Kedrova)
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We all need some life in our lives.
21 September 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I can't decide which was Anthony Quinn's best performance ever: "La strada" or "Zorba the Greek". In the latter, he plays Alexis Zorba, a fun-loving Cretan* who befriends bored Englishman Basil (Alan Bates), who has come to Crete to inherit a mine. As the movie progresses, we see Zorba's penchant for living life to its fullest. By the end, you'll probably wish that you could be in the movie dancing with him.

"Zorba the Greek" is quite literally a flawless movie. Virtually anything that you've ever wished that you could do but never had the chance, you can bet money that Zorba does. As he reminds Basil in one scene, "You will live a thousand years." *Yes, a person from Crete is called a Cretan.


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