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Beware of Greeks bearing guns (Fovou tous ellines...)

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Movie propaganda

When a dark and distant secret is suddenly uncovered in Crete, the moussaka well and truly hits the fan.

Tradition demands revenge, and two brothers are sent to Australia to settle a long-standing vendetta and restore the family honour.

For one it is his obsession, the other... his destiny! But in the new country, fulfilling your destiny is sometimes harder than you'd expect.

When Crete's most reluctant hit-man, the mild-mannered school teacher Manos (Lakis Lazopoulos), arrives in Melbourne, trailed soon after by his macho twin George (Lakis Lazopoulos), the family discovers that their chequered history is not as they have been told over the years by their obsessive grandmother.

The only thing that can be said with any certainty is that - when there's a score to settle, you better beware of Greeks bearing guns!

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Crete assassin Australia crime comedy

Persons of interest

  • Lakis Lazopoulos .... Manos, Yorgos
  • Dimitris Kaperonis .... Manos (1971)
  • Alexandros Kaperonis .... Yorgos (1971)
  • Zoë Carides .... Nicki
  • John Bluthal .... Stephanos
  • Dimitris Kalantzis .... Stephanos (1943)
  • Claudia Buttazzoni .... Katerina
  • Tasso Kavadia .... Yiayia Maria
  • Nonni Ioannidou .... Maria (1943-1971)
  • Osvaldo Maione .... Enzo
  • Percy Sieff .... Petros
  • Ron Haddrick .... Thomas
  • Anastasia Malinof .... Helen
  • Alexis Anthopoulos .... Vasilli
  • Nikos Psarras .... Vasilli (1943)
  • Petros Alantzas .... Alexandros
  • Tassos Palatzidis .... Kafedzis
  • Damien Fotiou .... Jim
  • Tom Galbraith .... Screenwriter
  • Lakis Lazopoulos .... Screenwriter
  • John Tatoulis .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Australian Greek Film Festival 2002: Opening night film
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Sigh. I really wanted to like Beware of Greeks bearing guns not just because it sounded like a good story but because it could so easily advance the cause of multi-culturalism in an increasingly intolerant Australia. (Intolerance is a cornerstone of the Liberal party.) There is nothing like a funny film to get across the point that people are people no matter from where they came or how much they "assimilate". Humour is the greatest weapon in anyone's arsenal.

Unfortunately, Beware of Greeks bearing guns is firing blanks. Tom Galbraith and Lakis Lazopoulos shoot themselves in the foot by using a style that belongs to the 1940s rather than a modern Australia (I say nothing about modern Greece). If they had restricted the old humour to the olden days and brought in modern humour for the modern days, the film would have been worth watching. They didn't, it isn't.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English, Greek
  • Picture: Widescreen 1.85:1/16:9 enhanced
  • Special features:
    • Biographies: Cast and crew
    • Deleted scenes
    • Galleries: Photo
    • Interviews: Lakis Lazopoulos
    • Posters: Australian, Greek
    • Short film: Bowl me over
    • Trailers: Australian, Greek
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence, adult themes)

Surveillance time

82 minutes (1:22 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 12 August 2002 - Melbourne, Sydney
DVD rental: 12 February 2003
VHS rental: 12 February 2003

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