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Zorba the Greek (1964)

Alexis Zorbas (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 December 1964 (Greece)
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An uptight English writer travelling to Crete, on a matter of business, finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis

Writers:

Nikos Kazantzakis (from the novel "The Life and Times of Alexis Zorba"), Michael Cacoyannis (screenplay)
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Alexis Zorba
Alan Bates ... Basil
Irene Papas ... Widow
Lila Kedrova ... Madame Hortense
Giorgos Foundas ... Mavrandoni (as George Foundas)
Sotiris Moustakas ... Mimithos
Anna Kyriakou ... Soul
Eleni Anousaki ... Lola
Yorgo Voyagis ... Pavlo (as George Voyadjis)
Takis Emmanuel ... Manolakas
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Storyline

An aimless English writer finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Plot Keywords:

crete | writer | greek | greece | sirtaki | See All (132) »

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Life. Lust. Love. Zorba. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Greece | USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

14 December 1964 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Zorba the Greek See more »

Filming Locations:

Chania, Crete, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$783,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,000,000, 31 December 1964

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,500,000, 31 December 1964
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cast includes two Oscar winners: Anthony Quinn and Lila Kedrova; and one Oscar nominee: Sir Alan Bates. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning Basil picks up three books and puts them under his right arm. He walks around a small group of people, and in the next shot they are under his left arm. See more »

Quotes

Basil: I... couldn't help.
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Connections

Referenced in The Chipmunk Adventure (1987) See more »

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Zorbas (aka Zorba's Dance)
Written by Mikis Theodorakis
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We all need some life in our lives.
21 September 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I can't decide which was Anthony Quinn's best performance ever: "La strada" or "Zorba the Greek". In the latter, he plays Alexis Zorba, a fun-loving Cretan* who befriends bored Englishman Basil (Alan Bates), who has come to Crete to inherit a mine. As the movie progresses, we see Zorba's penchant for living life to its fullest. By the end, you'll probably wish that you could be in the movie dancing with him.

"Zorba the Greek" is quite literally a flawless movie. Virtually anything that you've ever wished that you could do but never had the chance, you can bet money that Zorba does. As he reminds Basil in one scene, "You will live a thousand years." *Yes, a person from Crete is called a Cretan.


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