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The Greek Tycoon (1978)

The life of the Greek tycoon Theo Tomasis, based on Aristotle 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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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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Trivia

Anthony Quinn later played Aristotle Onassis' father Socrates Onassis in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988). 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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Written by Sam Cooke
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An ethnic slur
23 February 2004 | by mskarpelosSee all my reviews

This movie serves up every imaginable Greek stereotype. In one particularly galling scene the tycoon says "I'm just an ignorant peasant." As the grandson of Greek peasant immigrants who passed on a legacy of wisdom and love to their children and grandchildren, I found this movie contemptible and odious.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek | Japanese

Release Date:

24 August 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Greek Tycoon 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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