Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek

Michael Cacoyannis (1964)

PG Certificate


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Marvellously emotive and perfectly cast film version of Nikos Kazantzakis's novel about the salt-of-the-earth peasant who teaches an uptight Englishman the secret of life. As Zorba, Anthony Quinn plays the part of a lifetime, so much so that the role greatly impinged on the actor both in real life and in all his movies ever since. Also adding to the film's particular and unusual grace are wonderful Oscar-winning black-and-white photography by Walter Lassally, a haunting Mikis Theodorakis score - since responsible for a zillion pieces of smashed crockery in Greek restaurants worldwide - and a glowingly warm portrayal (also Oscar-rewarded) by Lila Kedrova as an aged prostitute. It's a shade too long for its own good, though.


A timid English writer arrives in Crete to open a mine for the family business and falls under the spell of a local peasant with a charismatic and inspiring zest for life. Drama, starring Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova and Sotiris Moustakas.

Cast & Crew

Alexis Zorba Anthony Quinn
Basil Alan Bates
Madame Hortense Lila Kedrova
Widow Irene Papas
Mimithos Sotiris Moustakas
Director Michael Cacoyannis
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Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD