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Iphigenia (1977)

Ifigeneia (original title)
To appease offended gods before going to war, a commander must sacrifice his favorite daughter to them but does so under the pretext of marrying her off.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Klytaimnistra (as Eirini Papa)
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Kostas Karras ...
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Christos Tsagas ...
Odysseas
Panos Mihalopoulos ...
Ahilleas
Angelos Yannoulis ...
Servant
Dimitri Aronis ...
Kalhas
Georges Vourvahakis ...
Eirini Koumarianou ...
Nurse
Giorgos Oikonomou ...
Messenger
Dimitris Kontogiannis ...
Myrmidon (as Dimitris Kondogiannis)
Yorgos Charalabidis
Tasos Lertas
Dimitris Mitsoulas
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Storyline

The Greek army is about to set sail to a great battle, but the winds refuse to blow. Their leader, King Agamemnon, seeks to provide better food, but accidentally slays a sacred deer. His punishment from the gods, the sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia. Written by <chaz@eschaton.net>

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Release Date:

20 November 1977 (USA)  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Greece's official submission to the 1978's Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category. See more »

Goofs

According to Greek mythology, Achilles was rendered impervious to wounds having been dipped in the river Styx as an infant by his mother (all but his heal by which she held him). There is clearly a red mark on the upper arm of Panos Mihalopoulos (who portrayed Achilles). It could be a strawberry birth mark, but it looks like a healing wound which Achilles would not have. See more »

Quotes

Ifigeneia: Are you not happy to see me?
Agamemnonas: I'm happy.
Ifigeneia: You say it but your eyes betray you.
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Connections

Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) See more »

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Amazing
10 August 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I saw this film two years ago in my history class, and have rented it five times since then. Irene Papas leads a strong cast in this adaptation of Euripides' play "Iphigenia at Aulis". The beautiful cinematography adds the perfect tone to Papas' frantic search for clarity in a moral dilemma. Papas displays her great talent as an actress, playing the noble queen, the betrayed wife, and terrified mother. A great film.


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