In this powerful 1964 drama, a young English intellectual attempts to escape his bookish life by going to the island of Crete. On his way, the shy Britisher bumps into a loud, cantankerous old Greek man named Zorba. They become an odd couple suddenly faced with unfriendly islanders who are capable of anything, including robbery and cold-blooded murder. The film starred Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Pappas and Lila Kedrova.  The movie received seven Oscar nominations, and Kedrova was selected as the Best Supporting Actress for the year. The music from the film soundtrack, featuring “Zorba’s Dance”, became very popular. And the story was eventually remade into a hit Broadway musical in 1965.

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