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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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Details

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Franciscus played the real John F. Kennedy in a TV movie with Jaclyn Smith, as well as this fictionalized version. 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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Movie Madness (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Speed Boat
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Music by Mike Moran and Harry Rabinowitz
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Travelogue with one redeeming quality
10 September 2006 | by monroeandersonSee all my reviews

I saw The Greek Tycoon when it first came out in 1978. I found it extremely boring. I thought it was no better than a travelogue except for one thing: For the first time in my life I realized why it would be good to be rich. Seeing the scenery off Aristotle Onassis' yacht and getting my first real peek into the lifestyle of the rich and famous opened my eyes. To paraphrase Martha Stewart: It was a good thing. Funny, I don't remember the sex scene. I hadn't seen the movie since it was on the big screen and found the lovemaking session with the mistress memorable this time. Maybe because I was younger and single back then, it was no big deal.


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