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The Ogre of Athens (1956)

O drakos (original title)
A peaceful, frightened little man is mistakenly identified as "the dragon", a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Dinos Iliopoulos ...
Thomas
Margarita Papageorgiou ...
Roula
Giannis Argyris ...
Hondros
Thanasis Vengos ...
Spathis
Theodoros Andriakopoulos ...
(as Thodoros Andriakopoulos)
Maria Lekaki ...
Carmen
Frixos Nassou
Kostas Stavrinoudakis
Manolis Vlachakis
Kostas Spagopoulos
Zizi Viopoulou
Kassi Janet
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A peaceful innocent man is mistaken for a serial ravisher and killer who looks very much like him. He finds himself on the run by everyone that knows him, and finally hides inside a night club owned by small crooks. In his face, they see the leader that will give them everything they desire... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The most biting, the most daring social satire.

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Crime | Drama

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5 March 1956 (Greece)  »

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The Ogre of Athens  »

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1.37 : 1
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When the film opened in Greek cinemas in 1956, it was a disaster, both critically and commercially. It was international critical hailing of the film which changed its course. Now it is recognized as one of the 10 most important Greek films of all time. See more »

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Featured in Mavro + aspro (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Ilisos
Performed by Margarita Papageorgiou
Composed by Manos Hatzidakis
Lyrics by Giorgos Emirzas
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best Greek film I have seen
30 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

What an amazing film. I must admit that I haven't seen many of the Great Greek films, but out of ones I have seen this is by far the best. The music is truly outstanding and adds more tension to the carefully shot scenes of the film. Eliopoulos is superb as the "Drakos". He gives the best performance I have seen from a Greek actor (havent seen many of the Horn movies though). Besides the very good story, which would stand fine on its own, there are some very political and allegoric messages allover the film which give an extra depth to the film. Also, some of the scenes are mesmerizing (ie the scene in the beginning of the film and at the end). I would definitely recommend this film to Greeks and foreign people as well.


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