An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.
- Mihalis Kakogiannis
- Nikos Kazantzakis
- Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
An Englishman, Basil (played by Alan Bates), is en route to Crete where he owns a long-disused mine. Along the way he encounters, befriends and employs Zorba (Anthony Quinn). Once in Crete they set about trying to get the mine operational. Basil is quite risk averse, studious and introverted while Zorba is extroverted, gregarious, happy-go-lucky and lives life to the fullest. Over time, Zorba's zestfulness starts to rub off on Basil...