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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)

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(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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Cast

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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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crete | writer | greek | greece | sirtaki | See All (88) »

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Life. Lust. Love. Zorba.

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Comedy | Drama

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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

Simone Signoret was the original choice for Madame Hortense. After filming began, director Mihalis Kakogiannis realized that she wasn't what he wanted for the part and asked permission from Darryl F. Zanuck to replace her. He agreed and he proposed Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck. Kakogiannis, though, had Lila Kedrova in mind. Zanuck had no idea who Kedrova was, or how she even looked, but he trusted Kakogiannis very much, so he agreed. 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

Alexis Zorba: You think too much.That is your trouble.Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything.
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Spoofed in Lottovoittaja UKK Turhapuro (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Riri Ririka
from the operetta "Our Ririka" (1929) (uncredited)
Written by Stathis Mastoras
Performed by Madame Hortense (Lila Kedrova)
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Mighty Quinn
21 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What an exuberant film - not to be missed! It chronicles sadness and joy so beautifully that one can't help but want to weep, laugh, and dance along. There are four wonderful performances, led by Anthony Quinn, whose enthusiam for life almost leaps from the screen, giving rise to an almost sacrilegious thought: How could Rex Harrison's stuffy, embalmed Professor Henry Higgins have won the Best Actor Oscar over Quinn as Zorba? Lila Kedrova is heartbreaking as Madame Hortense, the dying prostitute with a colorful past. The always-enjoyable Alan Bates, and the striking Irene Papas as the Widow. Like Anna Magnani, Papas was an actress who transcended any language barrier, who didn't need dialogue at all - her face and body said everything she needed to.

For the most part the film looks great on DVD, with crisp, clear black-and-white photography. But I have one quibble: the transfer seems to have been made from the same source as the videotape prints in circulation, because there are a couple of instances of obvious post-production looping (possibly for prime-time television broadcasts), changing 'goddam' to 'old damn,' for instance - they even do this in the English subtitles. But read Quinn's lips - there's no mistaking what the original lines were! I'd expected that the original unedited soundtrack would have been restored.


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