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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.

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Anna Kyriakou ...
Soul
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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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sirtaki | greek | writer | crete | greece | See All (87) »

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Life. Lust. Love. Zorba.

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Adventure | Drama

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14 December 1964 (Greece)  »

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Zorba the Greek  »

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$783,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 4,999,000 (Sweden)
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Anthony Quinn had a broken foot during filming, and thus couldn't perform the dance on the beach as scripted, which called for much leaping around. Instead, he did a slow shuffle. Director Mihalis Kakogiannis asked Anthony Quinn what the dance was, and Anthony Quinn made up a name and claimed it was traditional. See more »

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Madame Hortense: You are cruel! Why you abandon me? The whole village is laughing at me. Where is my white satin? Where is my wedding dress?
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A magnificent movie
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anthony Quinn's performance is phenomenal. In a world filled with ignorance, lack of vision, hate, and the most shameful examples of human depravity, Zorba provides beautifully imperfect goodness. There is no pretense about who Zorba is. Despite his imperfections (and there are so many), he is genuine love, kindness and passion. The scene where Zorba remains by his dying wife's (Madame Hortense) side is pure and sweet and extremely moving. While the greedy masses, like vultures, swoop in to steal any possible item from this woman's home, Zorba provides profound comfort, while most others would have reacted differently. I can't believe it took me 40 years to see this movie. Gracias, Señor Quinn!


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