Sweet Gang (Greek: Î"λυκιά Συμμορία, tr. Glykia Symmoria) is a 1983 Greek dramatic experimental independent surrealist underground art film directed by Nikos Nikolaidis. The film, produced by Vergeti Brothers and the Greek Film Center, is the second part of the "Years of Cholera" trilogy beginning with The Wretches Are Still Singing (1979) and ending with The Loser Takes It All (2002) which deals with the last decades of the twentieth century. The original Greek title directly references the Greek title of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah film The Wild Bunch (Greek: Άγρια Συμμορία, tr. Agria Symmoria). The film uses as background music the 1958 song "Sugartime" written by Charlie Phillips and Odis Echols as well as the 1940 song "Sweet Mara" (Greek: «Î"λυκιά Μαράτα,» tr. "Glykia Marata") composed by Leo Rapitis to lyrics by Kostas Kofiniotis which was performed by Kakia Mendri. It was distributed by the Greek Film Center in Greece and by Restless Wind abroad.


Sweet Gang

A group of four misfits, Argyris, Andreas, Marina, and Sofia, live together in a house. Argyris just got out of jail. All four have become disillusioned with life and have lost any reason to live or die. They try all criminal experiences with each member of the group choosing a different activity to experiment in: frequenting expansive restaurants and leaving without paying, shoplifting, starring in pornographic films, and creating an anti-state organization. The authorities put them under surveillance, waiting for the slightest false step from any of them before acting violently. The first such misstep occurs when Sofia kills the police chief who monitors their home.


Sweet Gang
  • Title: Sweet Gang
  • Original Title: Greek: Î"λυκιά Συμμορία, tr. Glykia Symmoria
  • Director and Writer: Nikos Nikolaidis
  • Producer: Nikos Nikolaidis
  • Executive Producer, Art Director, Set Designer, and Costume Designer: Marie-Louise Bartholomew
  • Cinematographer: Aris Stavrou
  • Sound: Marinos Athanasopoulos
  • Editor: Andreas Andreadakis
  • Music: Giorgos Hatzinasios, The Fontane Sisters, McGuire Sisters, Eddie Cochran, Giuseppe Verdi, Adolphe Adam, and Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Production Companies: Vergeti Brothers and Greek Film Center
  • Language: Greek
  • Format: Color â€" 35 mm â€" 1:1.66
  • Genre: Drama
  • Running Time: 154 Minutes
  • Release Date:  Greece: 19 October 1983 (Thessaloniki Festival of Greek Cinema)


Sweet Gang
  • Despina Tomazani as Sofia
  • Dora Maskalvanou as Marina
  • Takis Moschos as Argyris
  • Takis Spiridakis as Andreas
  • Alkis Panagiotidis as Xanthos
  • Lenia Polycrati as Roza
  • Konstantinos Tzoumas as Konstantinos
  • Dinos Makris
  • Andreas Tsafos
  • Haris Romas
  • Takis Loukatos
  • Alkmini Stavrou
  • Marianna Koutalou
  • Katerina Sigountou
  • Fay Tsanetopoulou
  • Natasa Kapsabeli
  • Isavella Mavraki
  • Natasha Assiki
  • Fotini Kotrotsi
  • Hristos Zygomalas
  • Panayotis Kaldis
  • Manos Tsilimidis
  • Giorgos Polyhroniadis
  • Panos Thanassoulis
  • Nikos Katomeris
  • Elias Kostandakopoulos
  • Nikos Stavropoulos
  • Giannis Kouriotis
  • Spiros Bibilas
  • Kostas Baladimas


In October 1983, at the Thessaloniki Festival of Greek Cinema, the film won the Athens Film Critics Association Best Picture Award, Marie-Louise Bartholomew won the Best Costume Designer Award, Andreas Andreadakis won the Best Editor Award, Marinos Athanasopoulos won the Best Sound Recordist Award, Aris Stavrou won the Best Cinematographer Award, and Takis Spiridakis won the Best Actor Special Mention Award. The Greek Film Critics Association voted this film in 2006 as the joint seventh greatest in Greek cinematic history.


Further readings

Sweet Gang
  • Vrasidas Karalis, A History of Greek Cinema, New York, New York, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2012, 318 pages (ISBN 1441112782).
  • Alexandros Moumtzis, «Le Nouveau face à l'Ancien (Pandelis Voulgaris, Nikos Panayotopoulos, Nikos Nikolaïdis),» dans Michel Démopoulos (directeur de publication), Le Cinéma grec, Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, collection «cinéma/pluriel,» 1995, 263 pages (ISBN 2858508135). (French)
  • Νίκος Î"εωργίου Νικολαΐδης, Î"λυκιά Συμμορία: Σενάριο, Î'θήνα: Συντεχνία, 1984, 150 σελίδες. (Greek)

External links

  • Sweet Gang at Nikos Nikolaidis (Film Director/Writer/Producer): Νιkos Nikolaidis (1939â€"2007), Films
  • Sweet Gang at the Internet Movie Database
  • Sweet Gang at the Greek Film Center: English, Films
  • Sweet Gang at the Greek Film Archive Film Museum: Home Page Digital Archives, Filmography
  • Sweet Gang at 5 Books, 6 Films, and... Nikos Nikolaidis: Films
  • Sweet Gang at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Sweet Gang at The New York Times Movies

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