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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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Based on the No #1 Best Selling Novel by Nicholas Gage See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Third and final collaboration between writer Steve Tesich and director Peter Yates. The second had been Eyewitness (1981) and the first Breaking Away (1979) where Tesich had won a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for its writing. See more »

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

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Decent Story But In A Word: Grim
14 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is another of those supposedly based-on-a-true story accounts, this one dealing with a man's (writer Nicholas Gage) quest to return to his native Greece and avenge his mother's death which occurred 30 years earlier.

This is not an uplifting story but it's not depressing, either.....but it is grim. It begins with the Grecian mother protecting her kids from the vicious Communisits of the late 1940s. The film switches back and forth from that period to modern-day but it's never disjointed. The acting by John Malkovich, Kate Nelligan and Linda Hunt is excellent and the scenery is pleasing and very little, if any, profanity if memory serves me. It's a decent film but not anything I'd watch more than once.


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