6.9/10
1,050
27 user 8 critic

Eleni (1985)

PG | | Drama, War | 21 December 1985 (Japan)
Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a small village on the border of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, the relationship between a short tempered policeman and his rebellious son becomes even more strenuous when the young man falls for a "wrong" girl.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Albert Finney, Matt Keeslar, Victoria Smurfit
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1950s America, an FBI agent and a blacklist victim uncover a plot to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the country.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An extremely rare bottle of wine (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811) is discovered. Margaret Harwood is sent to retrieve it so it can be sold at auction. Oliver ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Daly, Louis Jourdan
Eyewitness (1981)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer
Roommates (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An elderly yet young-at-heart man moves in with his grandson, and both their lives turn upside-down.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney, Julianne Moore
Robbery (1967)
Crime | Mystery | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A housewife tries to finance her cab-driving husband's education.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Michael Sarrazin, Estelle Parsons
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A reclusive scientist builds a robot that looks exactly like him to go on a long-term space mission. Since the scientist seems to lack all emotions, he is unable to program them into his ... See full summary »

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: John Malkovich, Ann Magnuson, Glenne Headly
Psyhi vathia (2009)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Near the end of the Greek Civil War two brothers find themselves in opposite sides.

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Stars: Vangelis Mourikis, Giorgos Symeonidis, Victoria Haralabidou
The Dresser (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox
Murphy's War (1971)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Siân Phillips, Philippe Noiret
Suspect (1987)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Katina
...
Katis
...
Spiro
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Grandmother
...
Joan
Dimitra Arliss ...
Ana (Czechoslovakia)
Steve Plytas ...
Christos
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Grandfather
Jon Rumney ...
Lukas
Alison King ...
Lukas' Wife
...
Antoni
Stefan Gryff ...
Tasso
Andrea Laskari ...
Nikola
Edit

Storyline

Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick's investigations bring him closer to the answers. Written by Robert B. Young <youngb@tastemaker.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 December 1985 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Eleni - A Guerra Selvagem  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the newspaper that Nicholas Gage (John Malkovich) worked for was 'The New York Times'. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Powerful, haunting tale of mother love vs. communist atrocity

Stunning performances by Kate Nelligan and most of the cast in this powerful story, based on truth, help make this a must-see film.

I wonder if some of the reviewers, such as onceuponatime500, really saw the movie, or if they just wrote from some vicious and preconceived bias.

The communists come to the village to conscript -- kidnap -- children to become guerrilla fighters. The mother, Eleni, takes a drastic step, mutilating her oldest child to spare her from being shanghaied into the communist forces.

Being communists, they will not be thwarted, not by any such reactionary notions as self-ownership, or freedom, or parental rights, or any of that silly stuff: They take the next oldest girl instead.

Eleni loves her children and believes, foolishly according to onceuponatime500, but in line with what Charlie Anderson (James Stewart) in "Shenandoah" said: They're my children, not the state's, not some murderous movement's.

For years after seeing this powerful and haunting story, I could recall Nelligan's last scene and be moved to tears.

The agony Eleni went through was duplicated millions of times in the bloody 20th Century, as some government or another, or some tyrannical movement or another, kidnapped young people to force them to risk their lives for some cause most of them didn't understand, much less support.

Think Viet Cong, think Hitler's armies, think Stalin's and Mao's imperialist and aggressive armies, and, yes, the poor draftees from the United States.

Think, contrastingly, of parents, parents who spent years loving and caring for their children, hoping those children would be able to live to a better adulthood than their parents. Think of those parents seeing their children sometimes literally torn from their grasp, thrown into lines to be cannon fodder for cruel warlords -- communists, Nazis, imperialists of one kind or another, even when disguised as crusaders.

"Eleni" works at almost every level but the incredibly horrible performance by John Malkovich. If it hadn't been seen as anti-communist, even Hollywood would have honored it. It is powerful drama.


40 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?