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The Greek Tycoon

The Ambassador

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The Greek Tycoon

“She was the most famous woman in the world. He was a peasant, a pirate, a shark. What he couldn’t buy with money he captured with charm.” Director J. Lee Thompson mines then hot tabloid fodder, spinning the thinly-disguised (and heavily fictionalized) tale of widow Jacqueline Kennedy’s seemingly incongruous affair and subsequent marriage to Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis (played here by Zorba himself, Anthony Quinn). Jacqueline Bisset is the Jackie O surrogate and James Franciscus (Cat O’Nine Tails, Great White) stands in for JFK as President James Cassidy. Co-starring Edward Albert, Charles Durning and a bevy of pantheon Euro starlets (Camilla Sparv, Marilu Tolo and Luciana Paluzzi).

“…trashy, opulent, vulgar, racy… You’ve watched the headlines, now you can read the movie. Quinn is fabulous as a charming, wealthy, conniving and influential tycoon.” – Variety

“Set somewhere in a timeless Martini-land, The Greek Tycoon is an everyday love story of a shipping magnate and an assassinated president’s widow – a sort of Harold Robbins out of TitBits tabloid biopic.” – Time Out

Marc Edward Heuck discusses The Greek Tycoon on the New Beverly blog.

Chris D explores director J. Lee Thompson’s extensive career on the New Beverly blog.

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Download a PDF of The Greek Tycoon‘s original publicity guide.

Director
J. Lee Thompson
Starring
Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset, Raf Vallone, Edward Albert, James Franciscus, Camilla Sparv, Marilu Tolo, Charles Durning
Year
1978
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
107 minutes

The Ambassador

Some of you who are familiar with the Cannon Films adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s “52 Pick-Up,” may be surprised that The Ambassador was also based on the suspenseful nailbiter. Starring Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn and Rock Hudson, and set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this was the first attempt by Golan-Globus to bring the Leonard novel to the big screen. Headquartered in Jerusalem, American ambassador Robert Mitchum is in secret talks with the PLO to start a dialogue with younger Jews and Muslims. Mitchum’s security chief Hudson has doubts about Mitchum’s efforts, and Defense Minister Donald Pleasence (Halloween series) is violently opposed. Things careen off the rails when Mitchum’s wife (Burstyn) goes missing after a terrorist attack, and Mitchum views a sex film of Burstyn (a tryst with wealthy PLO man, Fabio Testi). Unknown parties instruct Mitchum the film will be released publicly if he does not pay a million dollars. Events escalate into an inevitable bloodbath.

“An engaging, smart, and realistic political thriller” – The Unknown Movies.com

Marc Edward Heuck discusses The Ambassador on the New Beverly blog.

Chris D explores director J. Lee Thompson’s extensive career on the New Beverly blog.

Director
J. Lee Thompson
Starring
Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Rock Hudson, Fabio Testi, Donald Pleasence
Year
1984
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
97 minutes

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