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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 traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.

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

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Complete credited cast:
... Alexis Zorba
... Basil
... Widow
... Madame Hortense
... Mavrandoni (as George Foundas)
... Mimithos
... Soul
... Lola
... Pavlo (as George Voyadjis)
... 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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crete | writer | greek | greece | sirtaki | See All (132) »

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Life. Lust. Love. Zorba. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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14 December 1964 (Greece)  »

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Zorba the Greek  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Lila Kedrova's Oscar winning performance in this film is her only Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when the log is coming down the hill it is seen as fairly round and the bark is rough and peeling, like a natural log. But when the log gets to the end of the cable, it appears to be a fake log with no bark and a visible framework that makes it look multi-sided rather than round. See more »

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Alexis Zorba: Those damn cats!
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Connections

Referenced in J.J. de Bom voorheen: 'De kindervriend': Integriteit (1981) See more »

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Zorbas (aka Zorba's Dance)
Written by Mikis Theodorakis
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A magnificent movie
8 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Anthony Quinn's performance is phenomenal. In a world filled with ignorance, lack of vision, hate, and the most shameful examples of human depravity, Zorba provides beautifully imperfect goodness. There is no pretense about who Zorba is. Despite his imperfections (and there are so many), he is genuine love, kindness and passion. The scene where Zorba remains by his dying wife's (Madame Hortense) side is pure and sweet and extremely moving. While the greedy masses, like vultures, swoop in to steal any possible item from this woman's home, Zorba provides profound comfort, while most others would have reacted differently. I can't believe it took me 40 years to see this movie. Gracias, Señor Quinn!


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