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Zorba the Greek (1964) More at IMDbPro »Alexis Zorbas (original title)

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Zorba the Greek -- 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.
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Writers:
Nikos Kazantzakis (from the novel by)
Mihalis Kakogiannis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 December 1964 (Greece) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Life. Lust. Love. Zorba.
Plot:
An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
We all need some life in our lives. See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Quinn ... Alexis Zorba

Alan Bates ... Basil

Irene Papas ... Widow

Lila Kedrova ... Madame Hortense
Sotiris Moustakas ... Mimithos
Anna Kyriakou ... Soul
Eleni Anousaki ... Lola

Yorgo Voyagis ... Pavlo (as George Voyadjis)
Takis Emmanuel ... Manolakas

Giorgos Foundas ... Mavrandoni (as George Foundas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George P. Cosmatos ... Acne Faced Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Mihalis Kakogiannis  (as Michael Cacoyannis)
 
Writing credits
Nikos Kazantzakis (from the novel by)

Mihalis Kakogiannis (screenplay) (as Michael Cacoyannis)

Produced by
Mihalis Kakogiannis .... producer (as Michael Cacoyannis)
Anthony Quinn .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mikis Theodorakis (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mihalis Kakogiannis (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Vassilis Photopoulos (art direction)
 
Makeup Department
Alex Archambault .... hairdresser
Monique Archambault .... makeup
 
Production Management
Yannis Petropoulakis .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Cirino .... first assistant director
George P. Cosmatos .... assistant director (as George Cosmatos)
Panagis Roussos .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mikes Damalas .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giorgos Antonakis .... camera assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Stavropoulou .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Johnny Dwyre .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
May Capsaski .... continuity
Vassilis Mariolis .... location manager
Anis Nohra .... production co-ordinator: International Film Service, Rome
Giorgos Provias .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • Finos Film  all technical facilities (as Finos Films Athens)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alexis Zorbas" - Greece (original title)
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Runtime:
142 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (alternate rating) | Australia:X (original rating) | Brazil:12 (DVD rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Cameo: [George P. Cosmatos]the disgruntled boy who writes down the illiterate Zorba's thoughts for him.See more »
Quotes:
Alexis Zorba:Am I not a man? And is a man not stupid? I'm a man, so I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe.See more »
Soundtrack:
Riri RirikaSee more »

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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
We all need some life in our lives., 21 September 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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