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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.

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Jules Dassin

Writer:

Jules Dassin
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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
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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>

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Taglines:

The highlight of Greek cinema - The film that became a legend. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$151,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 January 1962
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Melina Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

About 20 minutes in, Homer says "Homer Thrace, of Middletown, Connecticut" to himself; That's the town where Jules Dassin was born. See more »

Quotes

Homer: Because you are the whole world. Beautiful and corrupt.
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Referenced in Belíssima (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Ta paidia tou Peiraia
Music and Lyrics by Manos Hatzidakis
Sung by Melina Mercouri
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Never on Sunday! That's my day of rest!
11 May 2004 | by SylSee all my reviews

It is easy to see why I am fascinated with Greece. It is not because of it's role in this film. Melina Mercouri plays a self-made woman of the world's oldest profession in one of the world's greatest civilizations. She is beautiful, intelligent, and independent from men. In fact, she entices men to her rather than play subservient and inferior. Melina Mercouri was perhaps Greek's best known actress. While American born and bred, Jules Dassin's character, Homer, tries to capture his vacation in Greece. He tries to change her like Professor Higgins in Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. He cannot change what is special and unique about her. Ilia is a force to be reckon with and returns to her glory as the best person around, herself. She is a strong woman who makes no excuses for her lifestyle. The men adore and worship her like a Greek Goddess. Perhaps, that's what she is--a Greek Goddess! It makes you want to go to Greece ever more. It is no wonder that in real life, Jules Dassin and Melina Mercouri fell in love.


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