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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 Tamasis
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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The life of the Greek tycoon Aristotelis Onassis.

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Taglines:

He's one of the richest and most powerful men in the world. She's the beautiful wife of an American President. [Video Australia] See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

24 August 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

L'empire du Grec See more »

Filming Locations:

Vouliagmeni, Greece See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based upon the life of Jacqueline Bouvier 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 »


Soundtracks

Funny Kind of Love Affair
(uncredited)
Written, Arranged and Conducted by Mike Moran
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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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