Never on Sunday
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In this globally acclaimed comedy drama, eccentric, tough, and carefree Ilya (Melina Mercouri) is one of those characters who makes her mark on film history, and who made an internationally known star out of Mercouri. Ilya is a prostitute in the port of Piraeus with a definite sense of social and economic justice. The aptly named Homer (director Jules Dassin, later to marry his star) arrives in Greece, meets the irrepressible Ilya, and decides she needs more of the traditional Greek culture and less of those flamboyant emotions that are not really Greek, you see. So while he tries to play… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This culture collision comedy is full of cliches, but as the Greek prostitute with a heart of gold, Melina Mercouri gives an infectiously joyous Oscar-nominated performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Her earthiness is grounding, the only element keeping the world from spinning off its axis; beware the man, and woe to mankind, for formulating her to a wall."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Mercouri's energetic performance took it to greater heights than it deserved."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While the film serves to exploit the myth of the happy prostitute, it reveals the charm and powerful simplicity of the Greece people."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
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