Eleni (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Yates
Written by Nicholas Gage
Steve Tesich
Produced byNicholas Gage
Mark Pick
Nick Vanoff
Nigel Wooll (associate producer)
Cinematography Billy Williams
Edited by Ray Lovejoy
Music by Bruce Smeaton
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • 1 November 1985 (1985-11-01)
Running time
114 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million [1]
Box office$305,102

Eleni is the 1985 film adaptation of the memoir Eleni by Greek-American journalist Nicholas Gage. Directed by Peter Yates with a screenplay by Steve Tesich, the film stars John Malkovich, Kate Nelligan, Linda Hunt and Glenne Headly.



The film is told in a flashback format with Gage, now living in the United States, returning to his native Greece to solve the mystery of his mother's death when he was a child. The film looks back to the effect of the 1940s Greek Civil War on the remote Greek village of his upbringing in the northwestern Greek region of Epirus; and he investigates what happened to his mother after Communist guerrillas of the Democratic Army of Greece (ΔΣΕ) invade the village of Lia.


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  1. "Eleni". AFI. 1985-11-01. Retrieved 2021-05-21.