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Zorba the Greek (1964)

NR 142 min - Adventure, Drama - 14 December 1964
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On the Greek isle of Crete, Basil (Alan Bates), a shy inhibited writer from England is befriended by Zorba (Anthony Quinn) a boisterous peasant with an astonishing love for life. When Zorba agrees to work at Basil's abandoned mine, it is the beginning of a lesson for the young man as he gradually moves from an observer of the world to a participant.

Director:  Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars:  Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova, Sotiris Moustakas, Anna Kyriakou, Takis Emmanuel, Eleni Anousaki, George Foundas, George P. Cosmatos, Yorgo Voyagis

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Storyline

On the Greek isle of Crete, Basil (Alan Bates), a shy inhibited writer from England is befriended by Zorba (Anthony Quinn) a boisterous peasant with an astonishing love for life. When Zorba agrees to work at Basil's abandoned mine, it is the beginning of a lesson for the young man as he gradually moves from an observer of the world to a participant.



Tagline: Life. Lust. Love. Zorba.

Genres: Adventure, Drama

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Country:   United States of America,   Greece
Language:  English, Greek
Release Date:  14 December 1964

Box Office

Budget:  $783,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 22 min

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

ACTOR — Anthony Quinn {“Alexis Zorba”}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Lila Kedrova {“Madame Hortense”} – WON
ART DIRECTION (Black-and-White) — Vassilis Fotopoulos – WON
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) — Walter Lassally – WON
DIRECTING — Michael Cacoyannis
BEST PICTURE — Michael Cacoyannis, Producer
WRITING (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) — Michael Cacoyannis


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