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Never on Sunday

Never on Sunday (1960)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1960 Wide



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In this globally acclaimed comedy drama, eccentric, tough, and carefree Ilya (Melina Mercouri) is one of those characters who makes her mark on film history, and who made an internationally known star out of Mercouri. Ilya is a prostitute in the port of Piraeus with a definite sense of social and economic justice. The aptly named Homer (director Jules Dassin, later to marry his star) arrives in Greece, meets the irrepressible Ilya, and decides she needs more of the traditional Greek culture and


Drama, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy

Jules Dassin

Jul 1, 2003

Lopert Pictures Corporation

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This culture collision comedy is full of cliches, but as the Greek prostitute with a heart of gold, Melina Mercouri gives an infectiously joyous Oscar-nominated performance.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Mercouri's energetic performance took it to greater heights than it deserved.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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While the film serves to exploit the myth of the happy prostitute, it reveals the charm and powerful simplicity of the Greece people.

September 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International

Her earthiness is grounding, the only element keeping the world from spinning off its axis; beware the man, and woe to mankind, for formulating her to a wall.

August 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for Never on Sunday

Not quite the Dassin I know and love, but in less capable hands, Never on Sunday could have been a lot worse.
December 15, 2011
Jonathan Hutchings

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Bravo Melina Mercouri!
September 19, 2009
Randy Tippy

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Ena kai duo kai tria kai tessera filia! Light-hearted B&W musical of life in 60s Greece that puts a smile on your face. Mostly set in the port of Piraeus, save for scenes of the Parthenon and Epidauros.
March 17, 2008

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Melina Mercouri is fantastic as the thorn in the side of traditional sticklers. This is what Pretty Woman was copied from it appears and Mercouri far outdoes Julia Roberts as the hooker with a heart of gold.
January 21, 2014
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Foreign Titles

  • Sonntags nie (DE)
  • Never on Sunday (Pote tin Kyriaki) (UK)
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