Eleni (movie)

1985 American film directed by Peter Yates

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

Directed byPeter Yates
Written byNicholas Gage
Steve Tesich
Produced byNicholas Gage
Mark Pick
Nick Vanoff
Nigel Wooll (associate producer)
CinematographyBilly Williams
Edited byRay Lovejoy
Music byBruce Smeaton
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • 1 November 1985 (1985-11-01)
Running time
114 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million[1]
Box office$305,102

The movie 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 in Lia – the remote Greek village of Gage's childhood in the northwestern Greek region of Epirus; and in particular, the murder of his mother by communist guerrillas of the Democratic Army of Greece (ΔΣΕ), which was founded by the Communist Party of Greece in order to make Greece a communist country.



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

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