MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,284 this week

Eleni (1985)

 -  Drama | War  -  21 December 1985 (Japan)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 861 users  
Reviews: 24 user | 6 critic

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)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 02 Jun 2011
 
a list of 5 titles
created 30 Mar 2012
 
a list of 1036 titles
created 02 Nov 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 13 Jan 2013
 
a list of 1042 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Eleni (1985)

Eleni (1985) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Eleni.
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Eleni
...
Nicholas 'Nick' Gage
...
Katina
...
Katis
...
Spiro
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Grandmother
...
Joan
Dimitra Arliss ...
Ana (Czechoslovakia)
Steve Plytas ...
Christos
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Grandfather
Jon Rumney ...
Lukas
Alison King ...
Lukas' Wife
Leon Lissek ...
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  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliant, Powerful, & Haunting
2 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't generally award 10 stars. But this true account of a mother's struggle in post-war Greece has haunted me for over twenty years. Since becoming a parent myself, I have often thought of her great sacrifice. It is a great mystery to me why this fantastic film has virtually disappeared from circulation. It's one of the most perfectly realized films you'll come across. The acting, direction, and photography are superb. It's worth owning just for Bruce Smeaton's brilliantly unique musical score. I've tried, without success, to find Greek music in a similar vein. Much of the opposition to the film in 1985 came from critics who insinuated an anti-Marxist political bias. They missed the point. The film depicts the story of a mother removed from the political machinations that are grinding around her. Eleni wasn't a reactionary, she was a loving mother. Unless film buffs rediscover "Eleni" the Hollywood Left will have buried a beautiful gem, which conflicts with their accepted version of history. Goodnight and good luck.


7 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why isn't there more interest in this movie pivokocka
Discuss Eleni (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?