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Greek Tycoon, The [Import]

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was all about money May 5 2011
By alex
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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2.0 out of 5 stars The tycoon and the president's wife April 30 2011
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
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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