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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.
Zorba the Greek -- Trailer for this classic Academy Award winning drama
Zorba the Greek -- Open-ended Trailer from 20th Century Fox


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Nikos Kazantzakis (from the novel by)
Mihalis Kakogiannis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 December 1964 (Greece) See more »
Life. Lust. Love. Zorba.
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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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  (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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Finos Film  all technical facilities (as Finos Films Athens)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alexis Zorbas" - Greece (original title)
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142 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Did You Know?

Lila Kedrova learned English specially for the film.See more »
Basil:I... couldn't help.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Some Weary Lads (1967)See more »
Riri RirikaSee more »


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27 out of 37 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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