|THE GREEK TYCOON (director: J. Lee Thompson; screenwriter: Mort Fine/story by Mort Fine; cinematographer: Tony Richmond; editor: Alan Strachan; music: Stanley Myers; cast: Anthony Quinn (Theo Tomasis). Jacqueline Bisset (Liz Cassidy). Raf Vallone (Spyros Tomasis), Edward Albert (Nico Tomasis), James Franciscus (President Cassidy), Camilla Sparv (Simi Tomasis), Charles Durning (Michael Russell); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Allen Klein/Ely Landau; Universal; 1978)|
friendly, trashy and exploitative."
by Dennis Schwartz
uninteresting glossy soap opera take take on the
Greek billionaire shipping magnate Ari Onassis and
his romance with the American widow of the
assassinated American president Jacqueline Kennedy.
Director J. Lee Thompson ("The
Passage"/"The White Buffalo"/"St. Ives") keeps it
tabloid friendly, trashy and exploitative. Mort Fine's
story is not so fine. The only thing I take away from
this dud is a few yawns and a bad taste in my mouth.
Quinn is the aging married Theo Tomasis.
He's suave, wealthy, charming and scheming. Jacqueline
Bisset is Liz Cassidy. She's good looking
and looks a lot like Jackie O. She's also married. Her
hubby is a brash senator ( James
Franciscus), who will become the
President. The movie uses different names to create a
fictionalized version of the eventual celebrity
marriage between the scheming tycoon and the
fashionable former First Lady. The story has been
tossed around in the tabloids for so long that it is
well known by almost everyone.
To sit through this fictionalized version is a waste of time. It reinforces that the tycoon has a nice yacht, knows how to dance Greek style when faced with tragedy (like the loss of his son-Eddie Albert) and that despite his wealth and successful courting of the American prize-catch is not a happy camper. And for that matter, she's also not happy. I suppose they make a good couple, even if locked into a passionless arrangement. But I would have to see another biopic about them to get a better read on the situation.
REVIEWED ON 8/20/2015 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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