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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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(69 articles)
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User Reviews:
A joyous affirmation of life See more (64 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
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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

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:
Herschel Bernardi was nominated for the 1969 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Zorba" in the musical adaptation of this movie.See more »
Quotes:
Alexis Zorba:God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive
[slaps table]
Alexis Zorba:if a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go. I know because a very wise old Turk told me.
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Soundtrack:
Riri RirikaSee more »

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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A joyous affirmation of life, 15 September 2006
Author: zitrinr from United States

OK, I admit I've seen this movie a dozen times. But it never fails to inspire. Was there ever a man who lived life as fully as Alexis Zorba? Was there ever a character who understood so much about living and dying, women and men? Zorba ripping a piece of lamb from the spit and biting into it with joy and verve, dancing in pain or dancing from joy, expressing his wonderment at the sight of a dolphin, gives this character a special place in movie history.

If the rich storytelling and great Quinn performance were not enough, we get the young Alan Bates in a fine part doing a fine piece of acting, and the extraordinary pair of performances by Lila Kedrova and, especially, Irene Pappas, who need not speak a word to convey an entire menu of emotions.

The final scenes are among the best in movies. The music is among the best. Indeed, the MOVIE is among the best.

A GREAT movie.

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