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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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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 »

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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 »

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

Julie Christie turned down the female lead. 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 »

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

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The Greek Tycoon
24 September 2005 | by canppSee all my reviews

This thinly-veiled roman-a-clef depicts the story and courtship of Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis.

People who have no interest in the lives of such public figures will no doubt find this story tiresome and completely without merit. This film wasn't made for them. This film was made for people who couldn't and still can't, get enough about this most famous couple; the widow of Camelot and the Golden Greek.

Anthony Quinn reportedly met with Mr. Onassis prior to Onassis' death. Onassis figured that a film may be made about him and wanted Quinn to play the part of the shipping magnate. Quinn plays his part well and gives the audience a very fine performance of the character as we might imagine him to be.

Jackie Bisset as Jackie Kennedy-Onassis gives a very fine performance as what we would imagine Jackie O to be like. As many of us would not know the lifestyle of the people portrayed in this film, all the actors in the film give convincing performances and humanize their respective characters. Raf Vallone playing Spiro Tomassis, the alter ego of Onassis' real life business and personal rival, Stavros Niarchos is actually funny and has some very humorous lines which he delivers without fail.

The film as a whole accomplishes what it sets out to do very well and doesn't disappoint.


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