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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.

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

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Greece]

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Greece | USA | France | UK

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English | Greek | Russian | Turkish | Italian

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Greece) See more »

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Brides See more »

Filming Locations:

Andros, Greece See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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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 »

Quotes

Niki Douka: [in Greek] You have such beautiful eyes.
Norman Harris: What did you say?
Niki Douka: It's smells like it's going to rain.
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Connections

Referenced in Fila ton vatraho sou: Episode #1.24 (2008) See more »

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Klemmena filia
Written by Stamatis Spanoudakis
Performed by Irontina
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A heart-wrenching REAL romance. 10 out of 10!
18 September 2005 | by celluloidcitySee all my reviews

The 2005 Greek Film Festival has come to Canberra, and this movie was the biggest attraction. Wow! What a film! A touching yet subtle story of love, longing and desire. The tragedy of the situation of these mail-order brides, lost without a connection to their homeland, without money, family or hope for the future. This was a beautifully shot and acted film. The director Pantelis Voulgaris should be congratulated. Damian Lewis has never been stronger, a gorgeous leading man, who gives his character Norman, such a natural on screen presence, that there appears to be nothing artificial about him. Niki is a fine leading female character, strong, resolute, yet naturally human and weak. The love story, not just amongst the principles simmered and grew, the sexual tension not forced or faked. Wonderful.

One of those "if all movies were made like this" films. Kudos to all involved. A real-life story of passionate love. Bravo.


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