Zorba the Greek
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If ever there was a role that Anthony Quinn was born to play, it was the lusty, life-affirming title character in Zorba the Greek. The scene is the isle of Crete, where English writer Alan Bates arrives in the hopes of realigning his own values and outlook on life. He is "adopted" by the flamboyant Zorba, who determines to educate Bates in the ways of the world-or, to be more precise, Zorba's world. Along the way, Bates is introduced to widow Irene Papas, the unrequited love object of everyone on the island, who comes to a tragic end when she is accused of adultery. The writer is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"The serious critique in Zorba attends the tragic elements in the story"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Gained international acclaim for Anthony Quinn in a role many believe he was born to play and one that he's become best-remembered for."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A pensive film about the need to find your own truth while living life to its fullest."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Despite Cacoyannis' plodding helming, and schematic contrast between the inhibited Brit and lusty Greek, the film is enjoyable due to Anthony Quinn's performance and Theodorakis' glorious music."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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