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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.


Jules Dassin


Jules Dassin
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Aleka Katselli
Faidon Georgitsis ... British Seaman
Giorgos Foras ... (as George Foras)
Nikos Fermas ... Waiter
Giannis Fermis ... Man Missing the Tramway
Hristoforos Zikas ... (as Christos Zikas)


Beautiful and corrupt, sociable and sensitive, Ilya, an independent, happy-go-lucky streetwalker in the bustling Port of Piraeus, is the talk of the town. Intrigued by her character, the love-smitten American intellectual and amateur philosopher, Homer Thrace, sets his sights on becoming Ilya's Pygmalion, and in the process, attempt to explain the decline of the great Ancient Greek civilisation. Of course--as Ilya belongs to no one, and the handsome Greek-Italian dockhand, Tonio, is bent on winning her heart--this is a challenging task, especially when proud Ilya swears that she leads a full and exciting life. Now, the romantic philhellene has two short weeks to accomplish his task. Will he learn a thing or two about life, and maybe, just maybe, find the secret of happiness? Written by Nick Riganas

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


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


The Captain: And Illya ate of the apple of knowledge and knew shame.
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Referenced in I Dream of Jeannie: Always on Sunday (1966) See more »


Den pernas kyra Maria
Traditional children's song
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When a man is ridiculous, he rarely notices.
19 July 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

To a committed hellenophile, this film represents all things that are great about Greece - the food, the music, the people.

First, there is the incomparable music of Manos Hatzidakis, who won an Oscar for the title song.

Then, there is Melina Mercouri, the star of the film, who won at Cannes for her role, as well as getting an Oscar and BAFTA nomination. The Minister of Culture after the fall of the dictatorship in Greece, she was magnificent.

She later married the writer/director of the film, Jules Dassin, who received two Oscar nominations for this film, as well as a BAFTA nomination. Dassin is also well know for the film Rififi.

Watching film is a trip back to the old Greece when the spirit was high and people lived life to the fullest. It is a trip worth taking many times.

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Release Date:

1 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never on Sunday See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »


Box Office


$151,000 (estimated)
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Melina Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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