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Eleni (1985)

PG | | Drama, War | 21 December 1985 (Japan)
A mother's love for her children leads to a son's revenge for her death in this dramatic thriller beginning during the Greece civil war. The powerful cast includes Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich and Linda Hunt.

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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Trivia

The film was made and released about two years after its source autobiographical book of the same name by Nicholas Gage had been first published in 1983. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bruce Smeaton, Composer (1987) See more »

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An overly one-sided propaganda film.
12 May 1999 | by FPMJRSee all my reviews

While the general storyline was moving and probably based on a series of true events, I had to believe that it was primarily made as an anti-communist piece of propaganda.

Having said that, I did enjoy the film and the style in which it was directed.


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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

Gross USA:

$305,102

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$305,102
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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