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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 »
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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)
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George P. Cosmatos ... Acne Faced Boy (uncredited)
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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
George 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)
 
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  • Finos Film  all technical facilities (as Finos Films Athens)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alexis Zorbas" - USA (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:
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 Bette Davis. 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 »
Quotes:
Alexis Zorba:There will be no funeral. She was a Frank, she crossed herself with four fingers. The priest will not bury her like everybody else.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
What great film-making is., 19 August 2004
Author: asmeltzer9369 from Los Angeles

Zorba ranks in my lifetime top 10. Fabulous that it is finally available on DVD for new generations. Few films today are willing to breathe like this one does on the island of Crete; few films today understand how to blend great heart with the glories and terrors of life.

Zorba lives with his guts and his nose. Basil "Boss" filters his life through his intellectualism, afraid to let his soul dance.

The influence of the two upon each other illustrates so much about the human condition in ways both inspiring and sometimes unbearable.

Truly one of the best blends of direction, screen writing, acting, and photography I have ever seen.

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