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Eleni (1985)

PG | | Drama, War | 21 December 1985 (Japan)
Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Nicholas Gage (book), Steve Tesich (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Nelligan ... Eleni
John Malkovich ... Nick
Linda Hunt ... Katina
Oliver Cotton ... Katis
Ronald Pickup ... Spiro
Rosalie Crutchley ... Grandmother
Glenne Headly ... Joan
Dimitra Arliss ... Ana (Czechoslovakia)
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Christos
Peter Woodthorpe ... Grandfather
Jon Rumney ... Lukas
Alison King Alison King ... Lukas' Wife
Leon Lissek ... Antoni
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ... Tasso
Andrea Laskari Andrea Laskari ... Nikola
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Storyline

Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick's investigations bring him closer to the answers. Written by Robert B. Young <youngb@tastemaker.com>

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Her only crime was helping her son escape to America. Her punishment was death. Years later a New York Times reporter is determined to uncover the story of this heroic woman, and find the man who murdered her. Nicholas Gage is the Reporter. He is her son. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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The name of the newspaper that Nicholas Gage (John Malkovich) worked for was 'The New York Times'. See more »

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Referenced in Bruce Smeaton, Composer (1987) See more »

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Good Movie
11 October 2005 | by gv416-1See all my reviews

Great movie, with a good performance from Kate Nelligan. Cant believe all the people defending communist kidnappers and murderers, after all the years of Nazi murders, people actually defend thugs kidnapping children, murdering villagers who refused to agree with them, etc, etc, etc.... The Greek Civil War was nothing more than Stalin trying to add Greece to his list of appetizers along with Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, etc... Stealing children to take behind the iron curtain, executing parents who try to keep their own children, stealing houses, livestock and food crops to feed the murderers of their own people is not a good thing and this movie sends that message in spades. People are supposed to be happy about being out from under the fascist murderers and put under the domination of communist ones???????


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1985 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Eleni - A Guerra Selvagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,875, 3 November 1985

Gross USA:

$305,102

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$305,102
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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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