Zorba the Greek

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Plot – A young English writer goes to Crete to take possession of an abandoned mine that he inherited from his parents. During the trip he becomes friend with Zorba,a mysterious Greek guy. Once on the island,Zorba seduces Hortensia,a former French dancer,while the writer is attracted by a young and desired widow. Zorba organizes a ridiculously brilliant plan to reactivate the mine,so he goes to town to buy the materials. Here,however,he wastes all the money that the writer gave him,while Hortensia waits for him to marry her. The rumors that the writer was hosted in the unapproachable house of the widow spread in the village and a young man in love with her kills himself. The father of the guy kills the widow. When Zorba returns to the village,he pitifully marries Hortensia,but the woman dies soon after the wedding. The disastrous economic failure of the mine doesn’t upset the optimistic Zorba,who happily takes possession of the English writer’s reserved personality.

Movie Info

Title Zorba the Greek

Original title Alexis Zorbas

Year 1964

Director Mihalis Kakogiannis

GenreDrama, Adventure

Top 11 Quotes of “Zorba the Greek” Movie

“God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive: if a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go. I know because a very wise old Turk told me.”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba

“You think too much. That is your trouble. Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything.”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba

“- Basil: An overhead cable? You’re mad.
– Alexis Zorba: Why?
– Basil: That forest doesn’t belong to us.
– Alexis Zorba: Well, it doesn’t, and then it does.
– Basil: What does that mean?
– Alexis Zorba: It belong to the monastery. The monastery belongs to God, and God belongs to everybody. Do you agree?”

Alan Bates – Basil
Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba

“On a deaf man’s door, you can knock forever.”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba

“All right, we go outside where God can see us better.”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba

“Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble.”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba

“If a woman sleeps alone, it puts a shame on all men.”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba

“- Alexis Zorba: Why do the young die? Why does anybody die?
– Basil: I don’t know.
– Alexis Zorba: What’s the use of all your damn books if they can’t answer that?
– Basil: They tell me about the agony of men who can’t answer questions like yours.
– Alexis Zorba: I spit on this agony!”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba
Alan Bates – Basil

“- Alexis Zorba: Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it. You’ve got everything except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else…
– Basil: Or else?
– Alexis Zorba: …he never dares cut the rope and be free.”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba
Alan Bates – Basil

“Am I not a man? And is a man not stupid? I’m a man, so I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe.”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba

“What kind of man are you, don’t you even like dolphins?”

Anthony Quinn – Alexis Zorba