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Zorba the Greek

Anthony Quinn , Alan Bates , Mihalis Kakogiannis    Unrated   DVD
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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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Genre: Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 500 REVIEWER
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 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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Quinn at his best Oct. 29 2013
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Sadly, good as it was at the time it was released, it did not stand the test of time. Somewhat disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good film Aug. 1 2013
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We love the greek music and we think that Quinn is a great actor. The product arrived in time and it was in good condition. Amazon was the only place where we found the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't want any trouble. . . Nov. 27 2003
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Says Basil as he declines the opportunity to persue a beuatiful woman who has thrown a meaningful glance at him. After all, she's a Greek who doesn't speak a word of English, he's in a foreign land and perhaps he's reading too much into her look and---
Whereupon Zorba cuts him off with the classic: " What do you mean you don't want trouble? What is life but to take of your belt and go looking for trouble! "
Besides, as Zorba further enlightens him, God, who is very merciful, will forgive many sins. But there is one sin He will not forgive: When a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not come . . .
Anthony Quinn plays Zorba, a man who lives through tragedy by women, dance, music and madness. He has surrendered to all the beauty and horror of life and embraces whatever comes his way.
Alan Bates plays Basil, the bookish and reserved Brit who becomes both Zorba's boss and unwitting pupil after an accidental meeting brings them together during a storm on the way to Crete.
This is the simple premise which sets up one of the greatest novels and greatest films of the century, Nikos Kazantsakis's most popular work; "Zorba the Greek"
Quinn and Bates are phenomenal. Never better. The supporting cast is also superb. Perfect casting, subtle directing and a wonderful musical score.
The plot revolves around Bates trying to get an abandoned coal mine in the backwoods of Greece to produce. He's inherited it and if he can't make a go at it, then it's back to dreary old England and writing essays for a living.
Zorba, whose nickname is 'catastrophe' becomes his foreman.
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