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My Big Fat Greek Wedding -- Nia Vardalos stars as a girl who creates a stir within her traditional Greek family by falling for a guy with one flaw--he's not Greek!
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Love is here to stay... so is her family.
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nia Vardalos ... Toula Portokalos

Michael Constantine ... Gus Portokalos
Christina Eleusiniotis ... Toula Portokalos - Age 6
Kaylee Vieira ... Schoolgirl
John Kalangis ... Greek Teacher

Lainie Kazan ... Maria Portokalos
Marita Zouravlioff ... Toula Portokalos - Age 12
Sarah Osman ... Athena Portokalos - Age 15
Petra Wildgoose ... Car Pool Friend
Melissa Todd ... Car Pool Friend
Bess Meisler ... Yiayia

Andrea Martin ... Aunt Voula

Louis Mandylor ... Nick Portokalos
Gerry Mendicino ... Uncle Taki
Stavroula Logothettis ... Athena
Constantine Tsapralis ... Foti

Gia Carides ... Cousin Nikki

Joey Fatone ... Angelo

John Corbett ... Ian Miller

Ian Gomez ... Mike

Jayne Eastwood ... Mrs. White

Frank Falcone ... Suitor
Eugene Martel ... Suitor

Joe Persechini ... Suitor
Peter Xynnis ... Suitor

Fiona Reid ... Harriet Miller

Bruce Gray ... Rodney Miller
Anthony Kandiotis ... Priest
Nick Kutsukos ... Bouzouki Player

Peter Tharos ... Yianni
Chrissy Paraskevopoulos ... Cousin Jennie

Maria Vacratsis ... Aunt Freida
Kathryn Haggis ... Cousin Marianthi
Gale Garnett ... Aunt Lexy (as Gale Zoë Garnett)
Charlene Bitzas ... Aunt Nota
Chris Savides ... Greek Chanter
Constantine Vardalos ... Greek Chanter
Scott Khouri ... Waiter
John Tsifliklis ... Wedding Singer
Peter Chalkiopoulos ... Wedding Band Member
Peter Gogos ... Wedding Band Member
Spiro Milankou ... Wedding Band Member
Victor Politis ... Wedding Band Member
Jim Rouvas ... Wedding Band Member
Arielle Sugarman ... Paris Miller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Galliford ... Waiter at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Thomas Kane ... Dimo (uncredited)
Konstantine Kurelias ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Zwick 
Writing credits
Nia Vardalos (written by)

Produced by
Paul Brooks .... executive producer
David Coatsworth .... co-producer
Gary Goetzman .... producer
Tom Hanks .... producer
Mark Hufnail .... co-executive producer
Jim Milio .... co-executive producer
Melissa Jo Peltier .... co-executive producer
Steve Shareshian .... executive producer (as Steven Shareshian)
Norm Waitt .... executive producer
Rita Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Alexander Janko 
Chris Wilson 
Cinematography by
Jeff Jur (director of photography) (as Jeffrey Jur)
Film Editing by
Mia Goldman 
Casting by
Meg Liberman  (as Liberman)
Camille H. Patton  (as Patton)
Production Design by
Gregory P. Keen  (as Gregory Keen)
Art Direction by
Kei Ng 
Set Decoration by
Enrico Campana 
Costume Design by
Michael Clancy 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... key makeup artist
Judi Cooper-Sealy .... wig designer: Ms. Martin
Paul R.J. Elliot .... key hair stylist (as Paul Elliot)
Burton J. LeBlanc .... makeup artist (as Burton J. Leblanc)
Sandra Reynolds .... hair stylist
Beatrice Salazar .... hair stylist (as Beatriz Salazar)
Dorota Zajac .... makeup artist
Production Management
D.J. Carson .... assistant production manager
David Coatsworth .... unit production manager
Isabel Henderson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Côté .... trainee assistant director
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
David McAree .... first assistant director
Effy Papadopoulos .... third assistant director
Odette Blanch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lorin Raine .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Brenton Brown .... on-set dresser
Jacinta Cooper .... art department apprentice
Imre de Jonge .... assistant property master (as Imre De Jonge)
Katia de Peña .... property buyer (as Katia De Peña)
Rossana DeCampo .... scenic artist (as Rossana Decampo)
Alan Doucette .... property master
Gary Harmer .... leadman (as Gary G. Harmer)
Gordon Lebredt .... graphic artist
Tim Ovans .... assistant head carpenter
Mark Thomson .... construction coordinator
Alan Tremaine .... head carpenter
Martin Weinryb .... set buyer
Wayne Wightman .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Paul Timothy Carden .... supervising sound editor
Brian Dixon .... sound mix technician
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Kimberly Harris .... adr supervisor
Donald Hauger .... foley mixer
Thomas Hayek .... boom operator
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist
Tom Mather .... sound mixer
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... first assistant sound editor
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... re-recording mixer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound effects editor
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... re-recording mixer (as Melissa Hofmann)
Tulio Torrinello .... sound mix technician
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Mark Wolfson .... sound recording engineer
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Alfonso Calvo .... sound dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Jeff Glueck .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Nancy MacLeod .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Martin Malivoire .... special effects supervisor
Peter Sissakis .... special effects key (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Steve Rundell .... digital effects supervisor
Brian Allan .... optical camera (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Adam Howard .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Marco Bianco .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Bacon .... dolly grip (as Nicholas M. Bacon)
Rod Benjamin .... key grip
Andy Chmura .... camera operator
John Colavecchia .... first assistant camera
Sean Dawes .... electrician (as A. Sean Dawes)
Cylvan Desrouleaux .... second assistant camera
Michael Galbraith .... gaffer
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Greg Grainger .... company grip
R. Jones .... electrician
Rod MacNeil .... electrician
Keith Murphy .... Steadicam operator
Tom O'Hara .... company grip
Michael Plant .... generator operator
Jesse Stanley .... company grip
Tom Starnes .... best boy set lighting
Robert Vigus .... assistant key grip (as Robert A. Vigus)
Victor Vukosavljevic .... camera trainee
Mark W. Hindle .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Greg Whiteside .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Richard Wilmot .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Luisa Cabbidu .... extras casting assistant
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Elizabeth Gray .... casting associate: Canada
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Lisa Ystrom .... casting associate: USA
Andrea Kool .... casting assistant: Canada (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carole Costello .... set costume supervisor
Jay Du Boisson .... assistant costume designer (as Jay Duboisson)
Jane Flanders .... costume shop supervisor
Gisella Zomparelli .... assistant set costumer
Editorial Department
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Heather Persons .... additional editor
Douglas Slocum .... apprentice editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Melissa Wegman .... Bond Co. Post Superviser
Madeleine C. Schnell .... post-production coordinator: Motion Picture Bond Company (uncredited)
Location Management
Don Cornelius .... assistant location manager
Marco Di Flaviano .... location assistant
John Kenyon .... location manager (as John M. Kenyon)
Music Department
Nico Abondolo .... musician: bass
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Gary Bovyer .... musician: clarinet
Tom Calderaro .... music preparation
Jon Clarke .... musician: oboe and soprano sax
Tim Comstock .... music assistant
Franklyn d'Antonio .... musician: violin (as Franklyn D'Antonio)
Bruce Dukov .... musician: violin
Steve Erdody .... musician: cello
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Marlo Fisher .... musician: viola (as Marlow Fisher)
Matt Funes .... musician: viola
Armen Garabedian .... musician: violin
Alex Gibson .... music editor
Thomas Graham II .... score recordist
Endre Granat .... concert master
Endre Granat .... musician: violin
Alan Grunfeld .... musician: violin
Gregory Jamrok .... scoring supervisor
Alexander Janko .... conductor: score
Alexander Janko .... orchestrator
Alexander Janko .... score producer
Randy Kerber .... musician: piano
Miran Kojian .... musician: violin
Aimie Kreston .... musician: violin
Armen Ksajikian .... musician: cello
Dimitrie Leivici .... musician: violin
Phillipe Levy .... musician: violin (as Phillip Levy)
Rebecca R. Liddle .... music arranger: piano suite (as Rebecca Liddle)
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Darrin McCann .... musician: viola (as Darren McCann)
Ed Meares .... musician: bass
Victoria Miskolczy .... musician: viola (as Vicky Miskolczy)
Simon Oswell .... musician: viola
Dean Parks .... musician: acoustic guitar
Katia Popov .... musician: violin
Jeremy Raub .... co-music editor
Rafael Rishik .... musician: violin
Delphine Robertson .... music coordinator
Mark Robertson .... musician: violin
Mark Sazer .... musician: violin
Haim Shtrum .... musician: violin
Sebastian Toettcher .... musician: cello
Cecilia Tsan .... musician: cello
Louise Di Tullio .... musician: flute (as Louise DiTullio)
Michael Valerio .... musician: bass (as Mike Valerio)
Josefina Vergara .... musician: violin
David Walther .... musician: viola
Chris Wilson .... musician: electric guitar
Ken Yerke .... musician: violin
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Robert Fernandez .... music mixer (uncredited)
Mark Wolfson .... music producer/arranger (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Al Donin .... driver
Norman Foster .... driver (as Norm Foster)
Ray Gabourie .... driver
Bill Hagan .... transportation captain
John Hiltz .... head driver
Jeff Peebles .... driver
Doug Perry .... driver
Don Retzer .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Brandi Andersen .... staff: Playtone
Mardie Anderson .... assistant: Mr. Goetzman
Trudy Artman .... adr group coordinator
Sebastian Bauer .... staff: Playtone
Lesia Capone .... assistant production coordinator
Louise Casey .... craft service
Christopher G. Cowen .... staff: Playtone
Greg Eby .... production accountant
Pablo Ferro .... titles and graphics
Nancy Vardalos Ginakes .... choreographer
Katharine Gray .... clearance coordinator
Leah Holmes .... post-production accountant
David Hutkin .... vice president: The Lewis Horwitz Organization
Monica Ionson .... payroll accountant
Helen Lucas .... stand-in
Amy McKenzie .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Lara McMahon .... set production assistant
John Nelles .... dialogue coach
Eric E. Paulson .... production associate
Kostas Petsis .... choreographer
J.R. Powell .... set production assistant
Breigh Radford .... assistant production accountant
JoAnne Rivers .... production coordinator (as Joanne A.C. Rivers)
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Marissa Roman .... financial legal services: Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld L.L.P.
Daniela Saioni .... script supervisor
Patricia Satok .... craft service
Tom Tobin .... production assistant
John Von Atzigen .... stand-in
David Zikovitz .... production assistant
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Michelle Dunton .... script researcher (uncredited)
Joanna L. Rees Jones .... distribution executive (uncredited)
Jeanne Van Cott .... production executive (uncredited)
Jon Anderson .... in memory of
Eric Brooks .... thanks
Diana Choi .... thanks
Josh Clayton-Felt .... in memory of
Madeline Cripe .... thanks
Paul Drakos .... thanks (as Father Paul Drakos)
Christine Paulos Dulat .... in memory of
Alan Hergott .... thanks
Kirk Saduski .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"My Big Fat Wedding" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG for sensuality and language
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Germany:0 (w) | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Italy:T | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:G | Peru:Apt | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #38179)

Did You Know?

The name Ian is the Scottish Gaelic version of John, so the character name Ian Miller is a variation of John Miller, the name of producer Tom Hanks's character in Saving Private Ryan (1998).See more »
Continuity: During Ian and Toula's first date, in the restaurant, there is a medium shot over Toula's left shoulder, and there is no coffee cup on the table. In the next shot, a coffee cup appears on the table near Toula's left arm.See more »
[first lines]
Gus Portokalos:[to Toula] You better get married soon. You're starting to look... old!
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Movie Connections:
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70 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
You're Invited to Join in the Celebration!, 4 September 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

This film is a celebration of life steeped in tradition, family, love and just the joy of living; and it invites you to come in and participate in that celebration, rather than leaving you on the outside looking in, as it were, merely as an observer. A film that seemingly welcomes and passionately embraces all that is good and worthwhile in the world, `My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' directed by Joel Zwick, will make you laugh and make you cry, but most importantly, it will make you `feel.' It's one of those rare cinematic experiences that afterwards makes the sky seem bluer, your step a bit lighter and a smile easier to come by; and when a film can do all of that, you know you've come across a bona fide treasure that you're going to hang onto for a long, long time in your memory.

Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is thirty years old, lives with her parents in Chicago and works in the family restaurant, `Dancing Zorbas.' Every facet of her life is imbued with all things `Greek,' and by proclamation long since issued by her father, Gus (Michael Constantine), Toula is bound by all that is `holy' (read: `Greek') to marry a Greek, live a Greek life and bear many Greek children. For her to even think of doing otherwise would be unfathomable, unthinkable, unimaginable and, well...'UN-Greek.'

So it becomes something of a conundrum for Toula when she meets and becomes interested in a man named Ian Miller (John Corbett), a guy who is decidedly NOT Greek in any way, shape or form. But he asks her out, and one thing leads to another and then another, but before Toula will allow things to get seriously out of hand, meaning `serious,' she knows she must run up the flag, take a deep breath and tell her father. And for Toula, it just may be the hardest thing she's ever had to do in her life. Ian, meanwhile, is about to experience culture shock, as he is about to be confronted by a family that includes, for example, twenty-seven first cousins, something Ian isn't quite used to; after all, he has `two' of his own, and they live in another state.

The screenplay was written by star Nia Vardalos, adapted from her own one-woman show, and it fell into capable hands when she turned it over to director Joel Zwick, who picks up the rhythms and the `sense' of the story without missing a beat. Falling into step with his star, Zwick crafts and delivers a film that is totally immersed in the zest and zeal of living. Under his astute tutelage, the viewer becomes a part of Toula's life, sharing that grand heritage of which Gus is so proud. He brings the story and the characters to life with detail and nuance, and in such a way that your senses will kick into full throttle. The images he creates are so vivid, and it's such an engaging presentation, that the vitality he generates is almost tangible, and you can smell the lamb and all of those Greek delicacies cooking in the kitchen. And Zwick sets it all in motion by establishing a pace that will sweep you along with the story; a carousel ride that will keep you involved and smiling all the way to the end.

Nia Vardalos certainly captures the essence of all that is `Greek' with her story, and with her affecting performance as Toula. This is a young woman you get attached to very quickly; there's something of Benny, from `Circle of Friends' about her, as well as Muriel, from `Muriel's Wedding.' It's a character your heart goes out to immediately, one to whom you wish all good things will come. There is an introspection to her portrayal that contrasts effectively with her vigorously outgoing environment, and it makes her presence all the more dominating and singular. And it's actually in the reserve Vardalos exhibits in her character that the viewer finds the way inside to Toula's deepest longings and emotions. Without question, this is a complex individual, in whom we find not only the strength necessary to maintain autonomy (which she manages to do within the greater structure of her family), but vulnerability born of the respect she demonstrates toward her father, her family and the traditions they so lovingly serve. It is this very complexity, in fact, that elicits the necessary empathy of the audience, enabling that vital connection between the viewer and Toula. And Nia Vardalos IS Toula, from the ground up and from the inside out. Moreover, one would be hard put to discern any distinction whatsoever between the actor and her character, as her performance is entirely natural and genuine.

As Toula's mother, Maria, Lainie Kazan is a delight. The character she creates is totally credible, and she's just a joy to watch. And the same can be said of Andrea Martin's performance as Aunt Voula. This is a VERY Greek woman who is boisterous, overtly self-assured, opinionated and dominant; and she will win you over in an instant. It is Maria and Voula that add some real spice to the film, and when you add in Gia Carides (who plays Nikki) to the mix, you've got a Greek feast fit for the gods.

Of all the actors in this wonderful cast, however, the one who absolutely steals `My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' is Michael Constantine, who has the role of his career in Gus, and without question, makes the most of it. From his overabundance of Greek pride to his many and varied personal peccadilloes (like his ever-present bottle of Windex, which he is convinced can cure everything from a minor scrape to the common cold), he simply gives the performance of a lifetime; and if there is any justice in the whole `Greek' world, Constantine-- and this film-- will be duly remembered at Oscar time. It's the magic of the movies. 10/10.

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