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Eleni (1985)

PG | | Drama, War | 21 December 1985 (Japan)
Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Nicholas Gage (book), Steve Tesich (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Nelligan ... Eleni
John Malkovich ... Nick
Linda Hunt ... Katina
Oliver Cotton ... Katis
Ronald Pickup ... Spiro
Rosalie Crutchley ... Grandmother
Glenne Headly ... Joan
Dimitra Arliss ... Ana (Czechoslovakia)
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Christos
Peter Woodthorpe ... Grandfather
Jon Rumney ... Lukas
Alison King Alison King ... Lukas' Wife
Leon Lissek ... Antoni
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ... Tasso
Andrea Laskari Andrea Laskari ... Nikola
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Storyline

Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick's investigations bring him closer to the answers. Written by Robert B. Young <youngb@tastemaker.com>

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Her only crime was helping her son escape to America. Her punishment was death. Years later a New York Times reporter is determined to uncover the story of this heroic woman, and find the man who murdered her. Nicholas Gage is the Reporter. He is her son. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1985 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Eleni - A Guerra Selvagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,875, 3 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$305,102
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's closing epilogue states: "More than 28,000 Greek children were taken from their parents and sent to communist countries before the Civil War ended in 1949. All of Eleni's children reached America, including Glykeria, who escaped during the final battle of the war. Eleni's five children and her 13 grandchildren all live near each other in Massachusetts". See more »

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Eleni and truth
3 January 2015 | by battlehillSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie and it is very gripping and entertaining, unfortunately it does not tell the whole story of Greece and what the resistance actually was and who they were fighting. In particular this story is one that as usual suffers from lies of omission and the simplification of very complex political issues into good vs. evil. Perhaps Eleni was faced with an evil leader of the left, however do we know who and why the left was actually fighting. Quickly, Greece had a King and Aristocracy that was controlled by a military dictator before WWII, Greece was pivotal to British interests in Egypt (Suez Canal and Middle East Oil -Iran) and basically Great Britain backed this military dictator. When WWII broke out the king and dictator fled and it was the Greek people who fought the Germans and Italians, England actually fought with them at the end also. Problem, average Greek person did not want King or fascist dictator back (this is the communist group - which they were really leftist not Stalin communist). Greeks wanted to govern themselves and this is not what Great Britain - they wanted King and dictator back and guess who won . The King came back until the late 50's and 60's were Greek people won their independence. On mean idiot that was communist does not mean that all of the things the left was fighting for were wrong - this is pure and simple propaganda.


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