7.3/10
4,610
30 user 13 critic

Never on Sunday (1960)

Pote tin Kyriaki (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 October 1960 (USA)
An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writer:

Jules Dassin
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Phaedra (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The powerful Greek ship-owner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos' greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone
Stella (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of a young, wild woman who doesn't want to compromise and settle down. Stella is a restless, rebellious Greek woman who plays with men and enjoys her life as much as she can. But ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Giorgos Foundas, Alekos Alexandrakis
Topkapi (1964)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A conman gets mixed up with a group of thieves who plan to rob an Istanbul museum to retrieve a jewelled dagger.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The inextricably intertwined stories of five women who work as prostitutes just before the ban on brothels in Troumba.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis
Stars: Jenny Karezi, Giorgos Foundas, Dimitris Papamichael
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Restless married couple Maria and Paul take a road trip through Spain with their friend Claire. While Paul and Claire carry on a clandestine affair, Maria becomes obsessed with a recent ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Romy Schneider, Peter Finch
The Law (1959)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Illicit passions pervade an Italian town, where men gather nightly for the cynical "game of the law."

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Pierre Brasseur, Marcello Mastroianni
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Nikos Koundouros
Stars: Dinos Iliopoulos, Margarita Papageorgiou, Giannis Argyris
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Grégoire Aslan
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A wild tale of mistaken identity set during the Nazi occupation of Greece and starring the great Thanasis Vengos. Thanasis is called upon, during the Occupation, to testify at the trial of ... See full summary »

Director: Dinos Katsouridis
Stars: Thanasis Vengos, Efi Roditi, Antonis Papadopoulos
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young idealist scholar at an all-girls boarding school comes face to face with the institution's privileged students. Will they learn a thing or two about respect? Can a little discipline pave the way for a fresh whirlwind romance?

Director: Alekos Sakellarios
Stars: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael, Hristos Tsaganeas
Electra I (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Stars: Irene Papas, Giannis Fertis, Aleka Katselli
Madalena (1960)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A tenacious daughter and an expert boatman are more than eager to prolong their parents' irreconcilable feud; however, an untimely demise will only make things worse. Can a humble priest help them bury the hatchet--and, maybe--find love?

Director: Dinos Dimopoulos
Stars: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael, Pantelis Zervos
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melina Mercouri ... Ilya
Jules Dassin ... Homer Thrace
Giorgos Foundas ... Tonio (as Georges Foundas)
Titos Vandis ... Giorgos
Mitsos Ligizos ... Captain
Despo Diamantidou ... Despo
Dimos Starenios ... Skoupidis
Dimitris Papamichael ... British Seaman (as Dimitri Papamichael)
Alexis Solomos ... Mr. Noface
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Koula Agagiotou ... Prostitute
Kostas Doukas
Nikos Fermas ... Waiter
Giannis Fermis ... Man Missing the Tramway
Giorgos Foras ... (as George Foras)
Faidon Georgitsis ... British Seaman
Edit

Storyline

Illia is Piraeus's most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, Conn., arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her. Unknown to Illia, he gets the money for the books and all else he gives her from Mr. No Face, the local vice boss who wants Illia retired because her independence gives other whores ideas. Whose spirit is stronger: Homer's classical ideal or Illia's? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Happy Street-Walker of Piraeus... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Greece

Language:

English | Greek | Russian

Release Date:

1 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never on Sunday See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$151,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 January 1962
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Melina Film See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Features Melina Mercouri's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Quotes

The Captain: Illia's happy. She's worked out a way of living. Let her alone.
Homer: No, it's impossible. A whore can't be happy. A whorish world can't be happy. I'd like to reach her mind.
The Captain: What do you want to put in her mind?
Homer: Reason, in place of fantasy. Morality, instead of immorality. I've got to educate her. Transform her.
The Captain: Remember what happened to Pygmalion.
Homer: I wouldn't make that mistake. She is lovely. But for me, she's not a woman; she's an idea. She's an outlaw. Yes! Can't you see? The law must be ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in It's My Party (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Egine parexigisi
Written by Manos Hatzidakis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
If Greece Were Still Like This, I Would Move There
4 August 2008 | by lotus07See all my reviews

SYNOPSIS: A well educated American tourists attempts to 'enlighten' a Greek prostitute in a small seaside village.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER Newer is not always better, and sometimes over analyzing a problem can only make it worse. Leave well enough alone. It is more important to be happy than to understand everything.

PROS AND CONS Every recent prostitute film from 'Irma la Duce' to 'Pretty Woman' owes a lot to this work. It was one of the first films that shed light on the idea that prostitution was a respectable and acceptable way to make a living.

If nothing else this film is a homage by Jules Dassin to his wife, Melina Mercouri. She is the focus of the film and she captivates any scene she is in with her zest for life and smoldering sexuality. The other thing you tend to fall in love with is the romantic ideal of living in Greece in 1960. It appears care free, relaxed and almost infectious with its love of the simple life.

The plot of the film is not overly complex and deals with an outsider, Homer (Dassin) arriving in town to study Greek culture. He is almost immediately captivated by Ilya (Mercouri) as one of the local prostitutes that 'freelances' and does not work for the town pimp. She negotiates a price with whomever she chooses, and sleeps with all the towns vendors in exchange for her daily goods (food, wine, drinks, etc), but she never 'works' on Sunday. Hence the title to the film.

Homer is smitten by Ilya and decides that he must 'save' her from what he perceives as a wretched life that is going no where and decides to educate her so that she can see the error of her ways. In the end, this does nothing but frustrate everyone in town. The education of Ilya does have a silver lining, which if anything, leaves the town more corrupted than when Homer found it.

The underlying theme of the film is that one should strive to be happy in what you do and more importantly, who you know. There is an interconnection between people in a small town, and disrupting those connections may lift some people up, but is not good for the whole of society. Regardless of his meddling, the towns people never turn on Homer, or blame him for anything. At their core, they know that life is to be enjoyed and blaming people for your troubles is just not part of the mix.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed