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O Astrapogiannos (1970)

The battle-scarred hero of the Greek Revolution, Giannos "Astrapogiannos", returns home after the end of the blood-soaked War of Independence, only to find himself in a new conflict, as he locks horns with a ruthless local Kodjabashis.


Nikos Tzimas


Petros Makedon
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Credited cast:
Nikos Kourkoulos Nikos Kourkoulos ... Giannos 'Astrapogiannos' Zaharis
Niki Triantafillidi Niki Triantafillidi ... Pashalia Velousi
Giannis Argyris ... Konstadis Velousis
Spyros Kalogirou ... Giamouris
Eleni Zafeiriou ... Giannos' Mother
Lavrentis Dianellos ... Stamatis
Grigoris Evangelatos ... Fotos Togas
Foivos Taxiarhis Foivos Taxiarhis
Nasos Kedrakas ... Giorgos Bellos
Manolis Bellis Manolis Bellis
Haris Kedikos Haris Kedikos
Giorgos Tzerbos Giorgos Tzerbos
Nikos Galanos ... Giagos Velousis
Popi Asteriadi Popi Asteriadi ... Lenio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yanis Alexandridis Yanis Alexandridis


Loosely based on the life of the homonymous fearless Greek 18th-century Armatolos, Giannos "Astrapogiannos", the battle-scarred hero of the Revolution, returns to his village after the end of the costly and blood-soaked War of Independence. Yearning for a well-earned peace, the seasoned veteran will soon lock horns with the ruthless and inhumane local Kodjabashis, Konstadis Veloussis, who has the fellow poor villagers under his heavy thumb. Little by little, a new war is brewing--and as Astrapogiannos the Liberator is praised by those who continue to suffer--an inevitable and equally fierce final confrontation awaits. But, will the turmoil finally come to an end? Written by Nick Riganas

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The movie was screened between 1970-1971 and sold 391,874 tickets. See more »


Giannos 'Astrapogiannos' Zaharis: My name is Astrapogiannos!
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Referenced in Crying? (2003) See more »


To tragoudi tis manas
Performed by Kaiti Abavi
Composed by Mimis Plessas
Lyrics by Tasos Livaditis
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Excellent Movie, excellent actors!
30 January 2007 | by itsiagSee all my reviews

Astrapoyannos, a hero from an old time, the time that real heroes existed. This is Astrapoyannos. A man with honour, a man who has fought for his country freedom, and now fights so as to clear out his fellow-countrymen ("kotzambasides", "prouchontes") who happened to be rich and took the place of the former conquerors; they have bought the land. And these men torture the poor ("kolligous") even harder. Astrapoyannos, however, like Robin Hood of his time helps everyone that needs him. And so the story starts...

Astrpoyannos is the well known Greek actor, Nikos Kourkoulos, that today, 30 Jan 2007, passed away. A real actor, beloved as Astrapoyannos by everyone in Greece, who has played in many many films and theater plays since 1960 -or so. And in this film, as in many other in the past, Nikos shows all of his great acting talent. May he stays for ever in our memory.

To end with, Nikos Kourkoulos, in this film is surrounded by lots of good actors, and that's why I feel that this movie is excellent!

R.I.P. Nikos

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12 October 1970 (Greece) See more »

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Ο Αστραπόγιαννος See more »

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