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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

Certificate:

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

The original cut was over 3 hours long. 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: If a woman sleeps alone, it puts a shame on all men.
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Connections

Referenced in Full House: Nerd for a Day (1989) 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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Excellent film
24 February 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This seems to be the best part of Anthony Quinn ever. The exuberance of Zorba, the character's capacity of seeing only the bright side of life and of transferring this optimistic attitude to the others and the metaphor of dance on the deserted beach, after the failure - some of the things that make a masterpiece of this movie. Also, actors like Irene Papas and Alan Bates play their parts with great professionalism, creating strong characters and giving them a real authenticity. This film is a must-see for all those who think defeats are only simple obstacles that we all have to pass beyond by smiling and, why not, dancing in the sun.


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