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Greek Tycoon, The [Import]

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was all about money May 5 2011
By alex
Format:DVD
If we've ever seen a non matching couple, theirs was the perfect example. The marriage was a disaster from the very beginning. But the movie was interesting because of those two talented actors: Jacqueline Bisset and Anthony Quinn. Also because of the breathtaking panorama of Greece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The tycoon and the president's wife April 30 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The names have all been changed and so have some of the events, but it's pretty obvious that "The Greek Tycoon" is all about the relationship between Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy. But despite brilliant lead actors and luxuriant scenery, the movie feels like it was ripped from a tedious "what if?" novel.

Theo Tomasis (Anthony Quinn) is a Greek shipping magnate with some shady business dealings, a fleet of tankers, a wife, a famous actress as his mistress (Luciana Paluzzi) and a business-savvy son. Then he meets Liz Cassidy (Jacqueline Bisset), the wife of a prominent US Senator who is soon elected president, and is immediately struck by her.

Then the president is killed. Since she's a widow and he's divorced, Theo proposes marriage to Liz because "you make me feel alive" -- and despite her worries about remarrying, she accepts. But their marriage is a stormy one from the very first night, and from then on Theo's life falls into one disaster after another.

Visually, "The Greek Tycoon" is a truly beautiful movie -- lush Grecian villas, luxurious yachts, and rocky coasts rings by the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, it has to coast on looks most of the time, because the story is basically a mishmash of watered-down biographical facts and "What if?" scenarios (Liz throwing a crotch-kicking tantrum). It's not really terrible, but it's very vanilla.

And as the changed names imply, the director and screenwriters play it very, very safe -- little of the true strife of the Jackie/Aristotle marriage is explored, and personal tragedies are brushed aside as if they didn't matter much (the president's death).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FULLSCREEN SPOILER June 13 2010
Format:DVD
Many have waited a long time to see this film on DVD. Too bad because this Unviveral Studio Series is a budget line: just a bare bones presentation. No menu's, full screen only! It appears they just want to see if they can get titles out at minimal cost with no features and still move product. But there are good titles being released on this series, and seems like Universal are lacking respect for the value of their own catalog.
In actuality it's poor marketing - how else can you get a release to the bargain bin any faster?
This movie is remembered for it's gorgeous scenery and deserves a quality widescreen transfer - not to mention Bluray.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of a larger than life era and scenic too! Dec 1 2010
By Orbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remember the first time that I saw this movie in a theater about 25 years ago and I just loved the breathtaking Grecian scenery. I loved the romantic love story between the "fictional" American president and the first lady, and the love story between the "fictional" Greek shipping tycoon and the widowed first lady. Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset were perfectly cast in this movie. The mid 60's early 70's era was so wonderfully represented. I've waited for years to see it once more and I am so glad that The Greek Tycoon is finally on DVD so that I can enjoy it again whenever I wish.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FULLSCREEN? Really? June 10 2010
By Cyclone 429 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A lot of people have been waiting a long time to see this movie on DVD. This is Anthony Quinn doing a great Aristotle Onassis. But wait a minute...
FULLSCREEN? Really? I mean, who still watches a square TV? What is this...1998?
Even my elderly, tech-challenged in-laws have a widescreen TV and Bluray.
This film was always known for its gorgeous scenery - it therefore deserves only a quality transfer in widescreen, not to mention Bluray.
I can't think of a quicker way to send a new release straight to the nation's bargain bins. Hey Universal, you might want to do the right thing here. Otherwise, why bother?
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hearty Third for WHY FULLSCREEN?!? June 24 2010
By Frederick Sliman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
In this day and age, why anyone would consider a 4x3 fullscreen transfer, especially of a long-awaited widescreen 70s film with great photography is beyond me. Shame that this didn't go the Universal burn-on-demand route. That program seems to be taking care of quality and offering some surprisingly fine transfers of their holdings. A big blunder on the studio's part, this release.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Film July 6 2009
By PINS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Fair story line/love story - see it for the beautiful scenery and great music score. Recommended for those reasons.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The peasant and the president's wife July 24 2010
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The names have all been changed and so have some of the events, but it's pretty obvious that "The Greek Tycoon" is all about the relationship between Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy. But despite brilliant lead actors and luxuriant scenery, the movie feels like it was ripped from a tedious "what if?" novel.

Theo Tomasis (Anthony Quinn) is a Greek shipping magnate with some shady business dealings, a fleet of tankers, a wife, a famous actress as his mistress (Luciana Paluzzi) and a business-savvy son. Then he meets Liz Cassidy (Jacqueline Bisset), the wife of a prominent US Senator who is soon elected president, and is immediately struck by her.

Then the president is killed. Since she's a widow and he's divorced, Theo proposes marriage to Liz because "you make me feel alive" -- and despite her worries about remarrying, she accepts. But their marriage is a stormy one from the very first night, and from then on Theo's life falls into one disaster after another.

Visually, "The Greek Tycoon" is a truly beautiful movie -- lush Grecian villas, luxurious yachts, and rocky coasts rings by the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, it has to coast on looks most of the time, because the story is basically a mishmash of watered-down biographical facts and "What if?" scenarios (Liz throwing a crotch-kicking tantrum). It's not really terrible, but it's very vanilla.

And as the changed names imply, the director and screenwriters play it very, very safe -- little of the true strife of the Jackie/Aristotle marriage is explored, and personal tragedies are brushed aside as if they didn't matter much (the president's death). Even the epic affair that Tomasis/Onassis had with Paola Scotti/Maria Callas is reduced to a couple of vaguely racy scenes, then never mentioned again.

There's no passion, feeling or vibrancy to the story. The only exception is a few brief scenes at the end when we see Aristotle... er, Theo left alone on his island, like an aged Odysseus, dancing silently in front of his own personal sunset.

Quinn and Bisset are both excellent actors -- she brings genuine refinement to Liz, and he brings deep passion and joie de vivre. Unfortunately, they seem stiff at times -- t's like a pair of master potters have been handed a giant lump of Play-Doh, and aren't entirely sure what they're supposed to do with it.

"The Greek Tycoon" is gorgeous and has a couple of deeply talented actors as the leads, but it's all skin-deep as a story. It's all bone, no meat.
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