Zorba the Greek

Film , Comedy
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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The dreadful movie (from the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis) that launched a million package tours: timid writer Bates falls spellbound to the outsize folkloric 'charm' of Quinn's philosophically boisterous Cretan Character, a role he's revamped with minor cultural compensations in almost every one of his films since.

Release details

Duration: 146 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Screenwriter: Michael Cacoyannis
Cast: Anthony Quinn
Alan Bates
Irene Papas
Lila Kedrova
George Foundas

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Paul L

This film beneficially changed  my view of life at 18 - not rebellion but radical - made me think that there is more than humdrum to life - but somehow became an accountant!


Saw the film - got the video, dvd and music and the ballet music - is there a T-shirt?


Finally got to live in Cyprus


Still - without madness a man dare not cut the rope and be free

SR

What?? This is my favorite movie of all time and I am 67 years old! I have watched it countless times and have read the book four or five times. Anthony Quinn does a magnificent job chewing up the scenery just as he should have.

SR

What?? This is my favorite movie of all time and I am 67 years old! I have watched it countless times and have read the book four or five times. Anthony Quinn does a magnificent job chewing up the scenery just as he should have.

Will in Michigan

Disregard the sour mini-review by Timeout's myopic film critic. This is the role Anthony Quinn was born to play--the exuberant Life Force who refuses to yield to the ravages of age. Alan Bates is excellent as the wimpy writer who knows books but fears life's turmoil. Lila Kedrova is briliant as an aging courtesan. The score is lively, the cinematography artfully captures Crete, but most importantly there are a clutch of poignant and of comic scenes that illuminate elemental themes regarding love, mortality, manhood, aging, and coming of age. You might be too young for this movie, or, alas, too soul-dead for this gem of a film.

Will in Michigan

Disregard the sour mini-review by Timeout's myopic film critic. This is the role Anthony Quinn was born to play--the exuberant Life Force who refuses to yield to the ravages of age. Alan Bates is excellent as the wimpy writer who knows books but fears life's turmoil. Lila Kedrova is briliant as an aging courtesan. The score is lively, the cinematography artfully captures Crete, but most importantly there are a clutch of poignant and of comic scenes that illuminate elemental themes regarding love, mortality, manhood, aging, and coming of age. You might be too young for this movie, or, alas, too soul-dead for this gem of a film.

Siraj Hull

This is one of those unforgetable movies I've ever seen. You can watch this movie over and over again, experiencing the same thrill each time. The cast did a superb performance. Without a doubt, it is one of the finest movies made!

Siraj Hull

This is one of those unforgetable movies I've ever seen. You can watch this movie over and over again, experiencing the same thrill each time. The cast did a superb performance. Without a doubt, it is one of the finest movies made!

Frank Frenz

If you like black and white 60s movies with uptight english Alan Bates learning how get less uptight with Anthony Quinn chewing up the scenery and hamming it up, you'll love this. I know I did! Open up a bottle of Greek Red, settle down with a kebab and enjoy! FF

Frank Frenz

If you like black and white 60s movies with uptight english Alan Bates learning how get less uptight with Anthony Quinn chewing up the scenery and hamming it up, you'll love this. I know I did! Open up a bottle of Greek Red, settle down with a kebab and enjoy! FF