Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns (2000)





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A box-office hit in Greece, this comedy stars incredibly-popular Greek TV personality Lakis Lazopoulos in a dual role as twin brothers, one, a pacifistic school teacher; the other, a lazy sloth suffering from testosterone poisoning. The story begins in 1943 on the island of Crete, where pro- and anti-fascists are trading blows. One victim of the fighting is Alexandros, who, after being mortally wounded by Vasilli Philipakis (Alexi Anthopoulos), dies in the arms of his wife, Maria (Noni Ioannidou), who promptly vows vengeance on her husband's killer and raises her sons -- and later twin grandsons -- to continue her vendetta. When Vasilli resurfaces in the present day as a prosperous businessman, Maria is notified, and her elder grandson, Manos, is told that he must kill Vasilli. Manos, however, is not a killer, so he takes off for Melbourne, where he meets up with old family friend Stephanos (John Bluthal). Stephanos' daughter, Nicki (Zoe Carides) used to be in love with Manos, and finds her attraction being reawakened while her daughter, Katerina (Claudia Buttazzoni), begins to suspect that Manos may be her long-lost father. While old connections are being re-established, George, Manos' loutish twin brother, shows up and proves himself more than willing to step in and kill Vasilli. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi
Comedy , Drama
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John Bluthal
as Stephanos
Zoe Carides
as Nicki
Ron Haddrick
as Thomas
Noni Ioannidou
as Maria [1943-71]
Lakis Lazopoulos
as Manos / George
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A delightful story of mistaken identity, cultural cringe and belonging with enough Greek flavour to make you yearn for a nip of Ouzo.

Full Review… | September 5, 2002
Urban Cinefile

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