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Zorba the Greek

Anthony Quinn , Alan Bates , Mihalis Kakogiannis    Unrated   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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If you think Zorba the Greek is a simple-minded homage to a man with a zest for life, then you haven't seen the movie. Basil (Alan Bates), a reticent British writer, comes to the Mediterranean island of Crete to revive a mine his father owned. On the way, he meets a Greek roustabout named Zorba (Anthony Quinn) and hires him to help, little suspecting that Zorba's exuberance will lead him to some dark and troubling places--frankly, if the last 30 minutes of Zorba the Greek are what it means to embrace life, some viewers will want to shut the door in life's face. But there's no denying the movie's ambitious scope and implacable force, even as it paints an alien and disturbing portrait of life in a Greek village. On top of that, gorgeous cinematography and one of the greatest film scores ever give this movie almost demonic energy. --Bret Fetzer

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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. This acclaimed classic co-stars Irene Paps and Lila Kedrova in an Oscar winning performance. "An utterly absorbing and sharply memorable film" (The Hollywood Reporter)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Jan. 11 2013
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Love this movie. Saw it for the first time in the sixties (it is black and white). Anthony Quinn does a great job of playing the exuberant Zorba who teaches us to not sweat the small stuff and to make the most out of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Polar opposites, and a great film... Jan. 8 2007
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Basil (Alan Bates), a somewhat boring Englishman that also happens to be a writer, goes to Crete in order to take charge of small inheritance. In his journey to that island he meets Zorba (Anthony Quinn), a Greek that is his polar opposite. Zorba is temperamental, and acts before thinking, enjoying life at it fullest with no regard for the consequences.

Circumstances, and Zorba's wish to earn some money, join this two men. Their interaction is something to be enjoyed as we watch "Zorba the Greek" (1964) once and again. Of course, the scenery is beautiful, and the music outstanding, but the real magic of this film is that it shows you what really good actors can do with a great script, and a director that knows what he is doing.

This film has hilarious scenes, but also others so dramatic that you will literally feel the pain of the characters. And of course, the ending is nothing less than perfect.

On the whole, I believe that this film is an excellent example of a true classic. Enjoy it.

Belen Alcat
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11 2014
By errol
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good movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars OPA! You'll Love It! May 29 2014
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I love this movie, but then again, being of Greek heritage (and a huge Anthony Quinn fan), I'm biased! Still, it's a classic worth adding to your collection. Great price too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic indeed! May 26 2014
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This is a wonderful movie which I saw years ago when it was first released. It is still as relevant as it was then, and well worth viewing again. Great acting; terrific musical score; touching theme. A gem!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 7 stars and 3 hearts♥♡♥ Jan. 27 2014
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If you see this movie once you will never forget it. The cast, the MUSIC, the screenplay, the Monks runnig and Anthony Queen DANCING, the old lady, the young one.etc... Everything is pure perfection. Love and efemerity of our Soul itself ♡♥ If you are alive You will Love It Too. ♡♥
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! Dec 20 2013
By Marsha
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A classic! Will never to out of style! Love and friendship depicted in a honest and sometime brutal way. Beautiful performances by Anthony Quinn and the other main characters.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. Nov. 25 2013
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Not what I remembered so I was disappointed in the movie but now with the service and the quality o the product.
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