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The Greek Tycoon (1978)

Anthony Quinn , Jacqueline Bisset , J. Lee Thompson  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset, James Franciscus
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L16F7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

She was the most famous woman in the world. He was a peasant, a pirate, a shark. The Greek Tycoon is the story of their fiery romance. Anthony Quinn portrays Theo Tomasis - the world’s richest and most flamboyant shipping magnate, a man who seemingly has everything he could want – who reaches out and captures his final prize: lovely, expensive, legendary Liz Cassidy (Jacqueline Bisset), widow of a President of the United States. This lavishly mounted drama which focuses on the international jet set’s continual struggle for love and power was filmed in Corfu, Athens, London, New York and Washington, D.C. against backdrops and breathtaking beauty and luxury.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of a larger than life era and scenic too! December 1, 2010
By Orbie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remember the first time that I saw this movie in a theater about 25 years ago and I just loved the breathtaking Grecian scenery. I loved the romantic love story between the "fictional" American president and the first lady, and the love story between the "fictional" Greek shipping tycoon and the widowed first lady. Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset were perfectly cast in this movie. The mid 60's early 70's era was so wonderfully represented. I've waited for years to see it once more and I am so glad that The Greek Tycoon is finally on DVD so that I can enjoy it again whenever I wish.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hearty Third for WHY FULLSCREEN?!? June 24, 2010
In this day and age, why anyone would consider a 4x3 fullscreen transfer, especially of a long-awaited widescreen 70s film with great photography is beyond me. Shame that this didn't go the Universal burn-on-demand route. That program seems to be taking care of quality and offering some surprisingly fine transfers of their holdings. A big blunder on the studio's part, this release.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FULLSCREEN? Really? June 10, 2010
A lot of people have been waiting a long time to see this movie on DVD. This is Anthony Quinn doing a great Aristotle Onassis. But wait a minute...
FULLSCREEN? Really? I mean, who still watches a square TV? What is this...1998?
Even my elderly, tech-challenged in-laws have a widescreen TV and Bluray.
This film was always known for its gorgeous scenery - it therefore deserves only a quality transfer in widescreen, not to mention Bluray.
I can't think of a quicker way to send a new release straight to the nation's bargain bins. Hey Universal, you might want to do the right thing here. Otherwise, why bother?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Film July 6, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
Fair story line/love story - see it for the beautiful scenery and great music score. Recommended for those reasons.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The peasant and the president's wife July 24, 2010
The names have all been changed and so have some of the events, but it's pretty obvious that "The Greek Tycoon" is all about the relationship between Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy. But despite brilliant lead actors and luxuriant scenery, the movie feels like it was ripped from a tedious "what if?" novel.

Theo Tomasis (Anthony Quinn) is a Greek shipping magnate with some shady business dealings, a fleet of tankers, a wife, a famous actress as his mistress (Luciana Paluzzi) and a business-savvy son. Then he meets Liz Cassidy (Jacqueline Bisset), the wife of a prominent US Senator who is soon elected president, and is immediately struck by her.

Then the president is killed. Since she's a widow and he's divorced, Theo proposes marriage to Liz because "you make me feel alive" -- and despite her worries about remarrying, she accepts. But their marriage is a stormy one from the very first night, and from then on Theo's life falls into one disaster after another.

Visually, "The Greek Tycoon" is a truly beautiful movie -- lush Grecian villas, luxurious yachts, and rocky coasts rings by the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, it has to coast on looks most of the time, because the story is basically a mishmash of watered-down biographical facts and "What if?" scenarios (Liz throwing a crotch-kicking tantrum). It's not really terrible, but it's very vanilla.

And as the changed names imply, the director and screenwriters play it very, very safe -- little of the true strife of the Jackie/Aristotle marriage is explored, and personal tragedies are brushed aside as if they didn't matter much (the president's death).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Locations but .. March 26, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Based on the lives of you know who... Not bad not great but very beautiful scenery and let's face it "Jacqueline Bisset" was perfect casting. Not only is she beautiful but she gives depth to a 1/2 written character.

We all know the true story behind the fictional film so it would be nice if someone would make a film based on that relationship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased June 7, 2011
By Theron
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an excelleent video. It is a great historical piece that has wonderful acting, and best of all those great locations. I recommend this film very highly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The last scene... the best to remember! February 2, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
There is a scene in "The Greek Tycoon" that I consider the best scene of the film...

It was Sunset... The sun was disappearing below the horizon... The sea at its ever-changing wave style... The waves--in all its moods, clear and calm, mysterious, awesomely threatening-- were beating under the old rocks...

Anthony Quinn (fabulous as always) was standing alone in front of this wonderful view...

The sky was offering the best looking effects of red and yellow lights... In the horizon some pale clouds were escorting the sun to another world... Tomasis was truly flavoring the moment... The beauty of this great view invited him to dance, to slowly move his hands and legs, to feel the fresh air, to hear the sound of music, to smell the salt of the sea...

Tomasis' dance was a farewell to a world he cherished... This beautiful scene makes me meditate about human life: God's 'greatest gift'... Sometimes we forget this precious present...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of our favorite movies
Published 14 days ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the movie.
Published 28 days ago by Melvin Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
If you are an Anthony Quinn fan then this is a must see. Great story and even greater acting. A must see.
Published 2 months ago by Billy Lewis Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
Published 3 months ago by Mary C Ladner
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you so much, fast shipping !!!! sorry for the delay in leaving...
Love this movie and the quality was great as well, we would recommend to anyone, that likes old school movies, great movie !!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Giannina
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greek Tycoon
This is a great classic movie, and it never gets tiring to watch it over the years, especially with the beautiful scenery and fantastic music.
Published 4 months ago by sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies of all time...
I'm aging myself but I feel in love with Greece just from the scenery in this movie. Love, love, love this movie.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Hah Hah
What's great about this film is that it's about as bad as you'd expect or imagine it would or could be. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Wiener
5.0 out of 5 stars Not always what you see.
As one who lived during this period and observed the Onassis interest. The parallel of the story (The Greek Tycoon) pulled back the curtain on a personality that was held in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by James G. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greek Tycoon
I enjoy the scenery, acting, music and storyline of this movie. I watch this film a couple of times each year when I want to escape and travel to a Greek Island. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Floweringplum
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