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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 »
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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:
not easy to cinematize but they really did it! 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:
Such was the interest in an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's hugely popular novel, the film was already in the black before it opened.See more »
Quotes:
Alexis Zorba:Silly old bitch. She's not alone, she's with Suleiman Pasha having a hell of a time.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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27 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
not easy to cinematize but they really did it!, 31 August 2005
Author: shutterbug_iconium from Türkiye

A young Englishman is writing on a manuscript about the Buddha. He meets Alexis Zorba who greatly influences his outlook on life. The narrator, whose name is not revealed, hires Zorba to superintend the workmen in his lignite mine in Crete. Zorba the Greek is a book and a movie by nature on the contrast between the Apollonian and the Dionysian outlook on life. Apollo/the boss(Alan Bates) represents the spirit of order and rationality, while Dionysus/Zorba(Anthony Quinn) represents the spirit of ecstatic, spontaneous will to life. Anthony Quinn's performance is really great. I read the book about a month ago and I guess I couldn't visualize the Zorba image in my mind that well. His looks,one-liners,his dancing sirtaki on the beach,his harmony with Madame Hortense(Lila Kedrova)just looks so nice.It is really surprising that Lila Kedrova got "Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress" while Anthony Quinn just got the nomination for best actor in a leading role.(Such a pity that he didn't get it.) Well that work of art is not so great as "Jesus Re-crucified" or "The Last Temptation of Christ " but is a still great Kazanthakis art.And the adapted movie is a really good one coz given that the whole book is based on a contrast introduced by Friedrich Nietzsche and it is not supposed to be easy to cinematize a philosophical book.Great Quinn! Great movie!(But I Don't THINK LILA KEDROVA DESERVES THAT AWARD) If you have ever read Kazanthakis you should absolutely see this movie!

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