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Never on Sunday (1960)

Pote tin Kyriaki (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 October 1960 (USA)
An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

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Storyline

Illia is Piraeus's most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, Conn., arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her. Unknown to Illia, he gets the money for the books and all else he gives her from Mr. No Face, the local vice boss who wants Illia retired because her independence gives other whores ideas. Whose spirit is stronger: Homer's classical ideal or Illia's? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Happy Street-Walker of Piraeus...

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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1 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Never on Sunday  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$151,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 January 1962
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Features first song ("Never On Sunday") from a foreign-made movie to win an Oscar. See more »

Quotes

The Captain: And Illya ate of the apple of knowledge and knew shame.
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Connections

Referenced in Inspector Morse: Greeks Bearing Gifts (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Ein Schiff wird kommen
Music Manos Hatzidakis
Lyrics by Fini Busch
Sung by Melina Mercouri
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Superb acting, storyline, characters, intercultural understanding, and music
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This is one of the best films ever where the characters are human (unlike Star Wars, ET, etc), don't have magic powers (Edward Scissorhands, Terminator), aren't dealing with war, divorce, murder. In fact, no one gets killed!!!! No one needs to be killed or murdered for us to be manipulated into feeling drama for these characters, because the acting and story line are that good!!! Hello, Hollywood???? A truly believable, honest, sincere snapshot of 1960 Greece, questioning the difference between 1960 Greece and ancient Greece from an American and Greek perspective. I feel some irony writing this, as this movie seems so sweet, innocent, and pure nowadays compared to today's movies with their gratuitous sex and violence, yet in its time, Never on Sunday was a bit racy and controversial, as its heroine is a prostitute, yes? And the music is still catchy and great.


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