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Eleni (1985)

 -  Drama | War  -  21 December 1985 (Japan)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Eleni
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Nicholas 'Nick' Gage
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Katina
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Katis
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Spiro
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Grandmother
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Joan
Dimitra Arliss ...
Ana (Czechoslovakia)
Steve Plytas ...
Christos
Peter Woodthorpe ...
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Jon Rumney ...
Lukas
Alison King ...
Lukas' Wife
Leon Lissek ...
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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In the book, Nicholas wanted to kill the man who had his mother sentenced to death. He actually visited the now-elderly man, as seen in the movie, and was about to kill him, but as the real Nick wrote, '...the logical part of my mind told me there was only one road leading [in and] out of town.' So, instead of killing him, Nick spat on his face. He adds, 'In Greece, to spit on someone is the worst possible insult.' He left the house. Later, after a few months or so, Nick again tracked down the man who was vacationing in a city and entered the place and crept into the bedroom to kill him. However, after thinking about it, he changed his mind and left - this time for good. See more »

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Exposes The Lies.
16 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie vilified,mostly by Communists, because it exposes the Truth of how they were pensioned for their War Crimes, is also a deeply moving TRUE story about a mothers love and sacrifice, and a Son seeking Justice. It depicts the true collaboration of Communists, in the region, to take over Greece at the close of World War 2, rather than the propaganda that they fought the Nazis. In brutal detail New York Times writer Nicholas Cage exposes the 'good' life granted to these War Criminals, by the then 'Socialist' Government Years later when it came to power. He searches for the murderers, and when he finds them, his decision not to stoop to their level is powerful. Great Performances by John Malkovich as Nicholas Cage, and Kate Nelligan as Eleni.


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