The Greek Tycoon (1978)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 August 1978 (Netherlands)
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The life of the Greek tycoon Aristotelis Onassis.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spyros Tomasis
Nico Tamasis
President James Cassidy
Simi Tomasis
Marilù Tolo ...
Sophia Matalas
Michael Russell
Paola Scotti
Robin Clarke ...
John Cassidy
Nancy Cassidy
Roland Culver ...
Robert Keith
John Bennett ...
Katherine Schofield ...


The life of the Greek tycoon Aristotelis Onassis.

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She was the most famous woman in the world. He was a peasant, a pirate, a shark. What he couldn't buy with money he stole with charm. See more »




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24 August 1978 (Netherlands)  »

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L'empire du Grec  »

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Based upon the life of Jacqueline Bouvier who was married to President John F. Kennedy and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. See more »


Liz Cassidy: You're an animal! How dare you! You bastard!
Theo Tomasis: God, what a woman! Let's go and make love.
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Crazy Credits

(Because this is so obviously inspired by Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy) "The characters in this film are fictitious and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental". See more »


Referenced in The Ecstasy Girls (1979) See more »

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The Greek Tycoon
24 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This thinly-veiled roman-a-clef depicts the story and courtship of Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis.

People who have no interest in the lives of such public figures will no doubt find this story tiresome and completely without merit. This film wasn't made for them. This film was made for people who couldn't and still can't, get enough about this most famous couple; the widow of Camelot and the Golden Greek.

Anthony Quinn reportedly met with Mr. Onassis prior to Onassis' death. Onassis figured that a film may be made about him and wanted Quinn to play the part of the shipping magnate. Quinn plays his part well and gives the audience a very fine performance of the character as we might imagine him to be.

Jackie Bisset as Jackie Kennedy-Onassis gives a very fine performance as what we would imagine Jackie O to be like. As many of us would not know the lifestyle of the people portrayed in this film, all the actors in the film give convincing performances and humanize their respective characters. Raf Vallone playing Spiro Tomassis, the alter ego of Onassis' real life business and personal rival, Stavros Niarchos is actually funny and has some very humorous lines which he delivers without fail.

The film as a whole accomplishes what it sets out to do very well and doesn't disappoint.

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