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Zorba the Greek (1964)

Alexis Zorbas (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, 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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(as Michael Cacoyannis)

Writers:

(from the novel by), (screenplay) (as Michael Cacoyannis)
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Basil
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Widow
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Mavrandoni (as George Foundas)
Sotiris Moustakas ...
Mimithos
Anna Kyriakou ...
Soul
Eleni Anousaki ...
Lola
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Pavlo (as George Voyadjis)
Takis Emmanuel ...
Manolakas
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Storyline

An aimless English writer 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

14 December 1964 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Zorba the Greek  »

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Budget:

$783,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George P. Cosmatos: the disgruntled boy who writes down the illiterate Zorba's thoughts for him. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when the log is coming down the hill it is seen as fairly round and the bark is rough and peeling, like a natural log. But when the log gets to the end of the cable, it appears to be a fake log with no bark and a visible framework that makes it look multi-sided rather than round. See more »

Quotes

Basil: I don't want any trouble.
Alexis Zorba: Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble.
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Referenced in Exterminator 2 (1984) 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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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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