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Eleni (1985)




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Based on the autobiographical novel by Nicholas Gage, Eleni traces Gage's search for the truth behind the execution of his Greek mother Eleni. John Malkovich plays Gage (herein referred to only as Nick), a New York Times journalist assigned to cover a border war in Albania. Intimately familiar with his beat--it's where he grew up--Nick periodically flashes back to his childhood, and his memories of his late mother Eleni (Kate Nelligan). Not at all concerned with politics, Eleni goes to extreme lengths to shelter her children from the ravages of civil unrest. For attempting to smuggle her kids out of the country, Eleni is arrested and executed. Back in the present, Nick manages to locate local politico Katis (Oliver Cotton), the man who signed Eleni's death warrant. He wangles his way into Katis' confidence, then prepares to kill the man--but he's in for a surprise, and something of an epiphany.

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John Malkovich
as Nicholas Gage
Linda Hunt
as Katina
Rosalie Crutchley
as Grandmother
Steve Plytas
as Christos
Peter Woodthorpe
as Grandfather
Alison King
as Lukas' Wife
Maria Calvente
as Alexandra
Anhoula Vraka
as Glykeria
Noam Almaz
as Katina's Son
Arlene Mazerolle
as New York Secretary
Michael Zelniker
as Sidney Cohn
Adrienne Pocock
as Nick's Daughter
Anthony Stamboulieh
as Minister of Justice
Michael Chesden
as Nationalist on Horse
Miguel Pedregosa
as Officer on Horse
Vic Tablian
as Guerrilla
John Eastham
as Guerrilla
Athena Voyatzis
as Athens Secretary
Aaron Schwartz
as Czech Officer
Pat Carroll Brown
as Katis' Wife
Theresa Tora
as Katis' Daughter
Lisa Jakub
as Katis' Granddaughter
Alfred Molina
as Young Christos
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Critic Reviews for Eleni

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Malkovich is developing into one of the great strong quiet zones of contemporary film acting. His characters internalize their feelings.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Eleni fails to rightly capture the significant turmoil wreaked by Communism on Greece during the 1940s and 1950s, and may be most notable as a conversation starter on these talking points.

September 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

An extraordinary movie about a heroic Greek woman with an outstanding performance by Kate Nelligan.

August 22, 2004 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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