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The Greek Tycoon (1978)

The life of the Greek tycoon Aristotelis Onassis.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Nico Mastorakis (story), Win Wells (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Theo Tomasis
Jacqueline Bisset ... Liz Cassidy
Raf Vallone ... Spyros Tomasis
Edward Albert ... Nico Tomasis
James Franciscus ... President James Cassidy
Camilla Sparv ... Simi Tomasis
Marilù Tolo ... Sophia Matalas (as Marilu Tolo)
Charles Durning ... Michael Russell
Luciana Paluzzi ... Paola Scotti
Robin Clarke Robin Clarke ... John Cassidy
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Nancy Cassidy
Roland Culver ... Robert Keith
Tony Jay ... Doctor
John Bennett ... Servant
Katherine Schofield ... Helena
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Storyline

Theo Tomasis, from humble beginnings, is an aging Greek shipping magnate who works on his own moral (or amoral as the case may be) code, both professionally and personally, to get what and who he wants in life. The "who"s include a bevy of bed partners who don't generally include his wife, Simi Tomasis. He dotes on his son, Nico Tomasis, who he wants to follow in his footsteps in all aspects, Nico, a daredevil, especially in the air, also enjoying the high life in the process. He ends up divorcing Simi in order to marry Liz Cassidy, the grieving widow of US President James Cassidy, who was assassinated while he and Liz were walking on a beach. Liz's marriage to Theo is in part to escape the spotlight not only of being the widow of a President, but part of a high profile and powerful American political family, James' brother, John Cassidy, who was the Attorney General in James' administration. Theo had been attracted to Liz on first sight, meeting her and James when James was still a ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

She was the most famous woman in the world. He was a peasant, a pirate, a shark. What he couldn't buy with money he stole with charm. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek | Japanese

Release Date:

24 August 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

L'empire du Grec See more »

Filming Locations:

Vouliagmeni, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,672,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,672,713
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based upon the life of Jacqueline Kennedy who was married to President John F. Kennedy and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. See more »

Quotes

Liz Cassidy: You're an animal! How dare you! You bastard!
Theo Tomasis: God, what a woman! Let's go and make love.
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Crazy Credits

(Because this is so obviously inspired by Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy) "The characters in this film are fictitious and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental". See more »

Alternate Versions

Video release features six minutes of additional footage. See more »

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Adequate of its type, better not to have been made
30 March 2006 | by roghacheSee all my reviews

I am ashamed of myself that I actually went to the theatre to watch this movie when it was first released. While I suppose its thinly veiled depiction of the Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy story is well enough done, it's a movie that should never have been made in the first place; hence, my low rating.

The film chronicles the tale of a wealthy Greek business shark called Theo Tomasis, who woos and wins the lovely young widow, Liz Cassidy, of a slain American President. Sound familiar? Yes, everything except the names.

The cast is not to be faulted. Anthony Quinn plays the Greek tycoon to perfection, and at least it's some consolation, having just read that Ari himself requested Quinn for the role. Jacqueline Bisset is of course beautiful and sophisticated in the part of (for all intents and purposes) Jackie, and James Franciscus has the all American good looks of the President.

I haven't seen this movie since it came out, nor do I wish to see it again. I seem to recall a fair bit of bad language and some general crudeness. Otherwise, I suppose it's a sensational and supposedly intimate glimpse into the jet setting lives of the rich and famous, frolicking aboard their yachts, beaches, pools etc. Yes, the scenery of the Greek islands is spectacular, the best part of the movie.

Of its type, it's okay, I suppose. There are no end of TV movies about the Kennedys, which I confess to occasionally tuning in to, and not to my credit. This is basically just another. Far better to allow Aristotle and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to rest in peace.


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