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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eleni
... Nick
... Katina
... Katis
... Spiro
... Grandmother
... Joan
... Ana (Czechoslovakia)
Steve Plytas ... Christos
... Grandfather
... Lukas
Alison King ... Lukas' Wife
... Antoni
Stefan Gryff ... Tasso
Andrea Laskari ... Nikola
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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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21 December 1985 (Japan)  »

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Eleni - A Guerra Selvagem  »

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$27,875, 3 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$305,102
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Additional flashback scenes were filmed featuring Alfred Molina as Nick's father Christos (played by Steve Plytas in the 1980s scenes). Although Molina was credited as "Young Christos" in press materials, and his scenes were shown in publicity photos, his role was almost completely cut from the final version, and his name does not appear in the credits. Molina's only remaining footage in the released film is a single shot of Christos taking a photograph of Eleni, Nikola and family, with his face partially obscured by his camera. See more »

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Exposes The Lies.
16 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie vilified,mostly by Communists, because it exposes the Truth of how they were pensioned for their War Crimes, is also a deeply moving TRUE story about a mothers love and sacrifice, and a Son seeking Justice. It depicts the true collaboration of Communists, in the region, to take over Greece at the close of World War 2, rather than the propaganda that they fought the Nazis. In brutal detail New York Times writer Nicholas Cage exposes the 'good' life granted to these War Criminals, by the then 'Socialist' Government Years later when it came to power. He searches for the murderers, and when he finds them, his decision not to stoop to their level is powerful. Great Performances by John Malkovich as Nicholas Cage, and Kate Nelligan as Eleni.


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