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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 »

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Katina
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Katis
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Spiro
Rosalie Crutchley ...
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Joan
Dimitra Arliss ...
Ana (Czechoslovakia)
Steve Plytas ...
Christos
Peter Woodthorpe ...
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Jon Rumney ...
Lukas
Alison King ...
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Antoni
Stefan Gryff ...
Tasso
Andrea Laskari ...
Nikola
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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>

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21 December 1985 (Japan)  »

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Eleni - A Guerra Selvagem  »

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The film's closing epilogue states: "More than 28,000 Greek children were taken from their parents and sent to communist countries before the Civil War ended in 1949. All of Eleni's children reached America, including Glykeria, who escaped during the final battle of the war. Eleni's five children and her 13 grandchildren all live near each other in Massachusetts". See more »

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Decent Story But In A Word: Grim
14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another of those supposedly based-on-a-true story accounts, this one dealing with a man's (writer Nicholas Gage) quest to return to his native Greece and avenge his mother's death which occurred 30 years earlier.

This is not an uplifting story but it's not depressing, either.....but it is grim. It begins with the Grecian mother protecting her kids from the vicious Communisits of the late 1940s. The film switches back and forth from that period to modern-day but it's never disjointed. The acting by John Malkovich, Kate Nelligan and Linda Hunt is excellent and the scenery is pleasing and very little, if any, profanity if memory serves me. It's a decent film but not anything I'd watch more than once.


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