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Blood on the Land (1965)

To homa vaftike kokkino (original title)
In Greece, in the early part of the 20th century, two brothers from a wealthy landowning family have opposite views on how the poor workers who work on their land should be treated.


Vasilis Georgiadis


Nikos Foskolos

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikos Kourkoulos Nikos Kourkoulos ... Odysseas Hormovas
Mairi Hronopoulou ... Eirini
Giannis Voglis Giannis Voglis ... Rigas Hormovas
Faidon Georgitsis ... Yangos
Zeta Apostolou Zeta Apostolou
Notis Peryalis Notis Peryalis ... Marinos Antypas
Eleni Kriti Eleni Kriti ... Pregnant woman
Angelos Antonopoulos ... Kotsos
Manos Katrakis ... Father Hormovas
Athinodoros Prousalis ... Police officer (as Athinodoros Brousalis)
Kostas Baladimas ... Priest
Nikos Pashalidis Nikos Pashalidis
Dimitris Bislanis Dimitris Bislanis ... Farmhand
Kostas Gennatas Kostas Gennatas ... Father Hormovas' janitor
Spiros Maloussis Spiros Maloussis


Under the scorching sun of June in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Thessaly, Odysseas Chormovas--the untamed and proud son of a powerful squire--returns to his birthplace to reunite with his father and older brother, Rigas, after a four-year-long imprisonment in Nafplio. Against the backdrop of a bitterly silent social turmoil, it is a common secret that, once more, an irrepressible rebellion followed by a violent confrontation for the equal sharing of the land boils over--a dangerously tense and volatile situation fanned by the preaching of a single man: the defiant intellectual, Marinos Andipas. But, this blessed soil is nourished by the sweat, the tears, and the innocent blood of the long-suffering field workers, men and women, and no power on this earth can suppress their voice. Can the furious blood spilled on the land appease the dead? Written by Nick Riganas

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Release Date:

11 January 1966 (Greece) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Trikala, Greece

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The movie was screened during 1965-1966 and sold 588,101 tickets. It came 2nd out of 101 movies. See more »


Referenced in Oi diaplekomenoi: Episode #1.3 (2000) See more »

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A tragic era, an incredible film.
23 February 2003 | by paladin-57See all my reviews

This film depicts the hard and unbearable life of the poor land workers in Thessalia, Greece at the beginning of the 20th century. Few landlords controlled most of the land and therefore controlled the lives of the poor. The main character, son of an important and respected landlord, tries to improve the living conditions of the land workers, but his older brother strongly rejects such ideas. The clash of the two brothers brings in mind a story from The New Testament, the story of a son who took his part of the family money and went away but later returned and the father`s welcome enrages the older son. It is important to notice that the films does not support any political ideas but strongly highlights the ideals of justice and solidarity. Definitely one of the best Greek films.

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