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Zorba The Greek

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7.62 h 22 min1964X-RayPG
An Englishman goes to Crete in order to open a family mine, and while there he comes across Zorba, a man with a sad past but a marvellous enthusiasm for life, which he tries to instill in the rather stuffy Englishman.
Directors
Michael Cacoyannis
Starring
Anthony QuinnAlan Bates
Genres
DramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Twentieth Century Fox
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4.5 out of 5 stars

465 global ratings

  1. 72% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Chris MacReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cinematic masterpiece presented in stunningly sharp and detailed blu ray
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The movie is a cinematic masterpiece in every respect, story, acting and cinematography,and if you have never seen it you should watch it as it has something big to say! and it will make an impression!! As for the Blu Ray, its a US import but its region free and plays fine here in the UK, Im guessing the original negative has been restored because the image quality is stunning, in fact it just blew me away as I've seen it in various other formats, VHS and broadcast and DVD but this blu ray release takes the visual quality to a level I never expected! the black and white photography just sparkles and its breathtakingly sharp and detailed while retaining a filmic look, its hard to believe it was made in 1964, I viewed it on a 42inch TV , the quality of the blu ray is just so good , I can't praise it enough.
9 people found this helpful
Tim O'DonnellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony Quinn - a wonderful performance - great soundtrack
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One of the best things about this film is the soundtrack. It has stuck in my mind for over thirty years ever since I first heard it. A great film showing life in Greece almost one hundred years ago and some of the things may not have changed so much even now!
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EleniReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
NOT what I was expecting
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We all know the Zorba the Greek dance and music, but my god this movie and story-line wasn't what I was expecting! The story is intense in places and some scenes are very uncomfortable to watch, especially today. However, it's definitely a classic worth watching.
One person found this helpful
TwirlyPawsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing
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Very disappointed with this one - bought a copy for a friend too but it was awful. Antony Quinn was the only thing that held it together a little bit. Surprised at the violence & unpleasantness. Gone to recycling.
2 people found this helpful
AnniemayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best movie
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This was the first time I bought a movie on Prime and was a little worried that it might not download properly......dont know if I am allowed to say but I gave up with Disney cos of the streaming issues. But anyway needn't have worried enjoyed one of my fav movies and when I next get time off work will buy some more. Very happy with the process of buying am not a major technophobe but not that confident either. This was so easy!!
One person found this helpful
tyrant lo blancReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony Quinn at his best
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This is a good film but it is based on a great book. I read the book before I saw the film and I have to admit that the character Antony Quinn plays perfectly fit with what I saw in my mind. This is a performance worth watching and even though Alan Bates is very bland the film still works. But do read the book, the lead character (narrator) is far more interesting and Buddhist and almost a perfect foil for the Pure energy and brilliance that is Alexis Zorba. After you have read the book watch this film and marvel at the performance of Antony Quinn!
7 people found this helpful
philip tittensorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Oh Zorba
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though this film is in black and white it was a film I have been thinking about for years to watch well I have now and I'm glad I did great film
One person found this helpful
londonerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Misogynist
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Great Quinn's acting and great music,but is impossible today not to be shocked by the film's portrait of women.
The young widow carachter is chased,stoned and stabbed to death by a lynching mob because she had an affair with the movie "hero".The mob does not attack the "hero",perhaps is ok for men to do it,but not women.The "hero" does not seem at all troubled by the lynching of his lover.He does not goes to her body.
No mention of him trying to seek justice for her.Later in the movie,he is seen drinking with his lover's killers,which are all free as birds.Perhaps it was ok in th sixties.
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