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Brides (2004)

Nyfes (original title)
Set in 1922, is the story of a mail order bride, one of 700, aboard the SS KING ALEXANDER, who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband, in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.

Director:

Pantelis Voulgaris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... Norman Harris
Victoria Haralabidou ... Niki Douka
Andréa Ferréol ... Emine
Evi Saoulidou ... Haro
Dimitris Katalifos ... Captain
Eirini Inglesi ... Ms. Kardaki (as Irene Iglessi)
Evelina Papoulia ... Marion Gibson
Steven Berkoff ... Karabulat
Apostolis Totsikas ... Nikolas
Elizaveta Kuznetsova ... Olga (as Liza Kouznetsova)
Eleni Roussinou ... Yelena
Yorgos Makris ... Prodromos (as Giorgos Makris)
Olga Damani ... Niki's Mother
Evangelia Adreadaki ... Niki's Godmother (as Vangelio Andreadaki)
Yannis Totsikas ... Haro's Grandfather
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Storyline

In 1922, with the Greco-Turkish War and the Russia Civil War, the women from these countries find husband in the United States through correspondence with immigrants. The bride Eleni returns from the United States to Samothrace, Greece, since she has not adapted to the life in America. Her sister Niki Douka is assigned as her replacement and travels aboard the SS King Alexander to New York to marry the Greek immigrant Prodromos in Chicago. Nikki is a hard worker and works sewing along the trip for the passengers and crew. She becomes a leader of the brides and discovers the scheme of the crook Karabulat from Georgia with the Russian brides. She also falls in love with the American photographer Norman Harris from Detroit. But Nikki is committed with Prodromos and she knows the consequence with her family in Samothrace if she runs away with Norman. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

It's not a punishment to remember someone you love. The punishment is to forget him. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Greece]

Country:

Greece | USA | France | UK

Language:

English | Greek | Russian | Turkish | Italian

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Brides See more »

Filming Locations:

Andros, Greece See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The passengers board the boat in Smyrna (Izmir) on May 1922, just 3 months before the destruction of Smyrna by the Turkish army. See more »

Goofs

The ship is sailing from Greece to the United States, at its end, across the Atlantic Ocean: throughout, character's on deck strolls (activities, suicide preparations! etc.) show no - strong, likely open sea evening very cold - wind movement (e.g. on characters' hair or whatever) throughout. See more »

Quotes

Norman Harris: Where are you from?
Niki Douka: I am from a place I will never see again.
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Connections

References Titanic (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Klemmena filia
Written by Stamatis Spanoudakis
Performed by Irontina
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Great movie!!!
26 July 2005 | by milou894See all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see this last year at The Toronto Film Festival. It was definitely my favorite of the festival. The story is beautiful and a topic that has never been featured before in a movie. All these mail-order-brides from Greece, Turkey, Russia and other east-European countries on there way to the US to marry a man they only knew from a photograph. I love the romance-story between Norman Harris and Nikki Douka. The end is quite a surprise and it brought a tear to my eye. This is not a Hollywood block-buster with lots of special effects, but it is a real story about something that happened in Greek history almost a century ago. It is not only for Greek people but also for those who love a romantic love story unfolding in tragedy...


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