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Never on Sunday (1960)

Pote tin Kyriaki (original title)
An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

Director:

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 Happy Street-Walker of Piraeus... 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Melina Mercouri, Despo Diamantidou, and Tito Vanidis all appeared in the Broadway musical version of "Never on Sunday", "illya darling", which ran for 320 performances between April 1967 through January 1968. See more »

Quotes

Homer: It's extraordinary! Where do you learn all those languages?
Illya: In bed.
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Connections

Referenced in Wordplay (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Pame mia volta sto feggari
Composed by Manos Hatzidakis
Lyrics by Notis Peryalis & Giorgos Emirzas
Performed by Melina Mercouri
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All things Greek and wonderful!
25 October 2005 | by reebee11See all my reviews

One of my all-time favorite movies! Coming from the 50's generation, I remember seeing this movie when I was a teenager and being absolutely fascinated by the Greek setting, music and dancing. I believe that this movie contributed to my interest in foreign movies to this day. The song "Never on Sunday" was very popular on the radio in the 60's. If you don't remember it now, you probably will, once you hear it.

The story line in this movie is clever and charming. The variety of characters pull you right into the story. It's dramatic, funny and at the same time, romantic. Tame by today's standards, this movie must have been considered very risqué for its time, but it remains entertaining to this day.....timeless!!! A must-see for old movie buffs.


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