Dream of Kings, A (1969): Daniel Mann’s Family Melodrama, Starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas

Daniel Mann directed A Dream of Kings, a maudlin family melodrama, adapted by Ian McLellan from the novel of the same name by Harry Mark Petrakis.

The film reteams Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas, who had appeared in the 1964 Oscar nominated Zorba the Greek, though not as a couple.

Grade: C (** out of *****)

A Dream of Kings
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Matsoukas, a Chicago-based Greek-American with his long suffering wife Caliope, learns that his son is dying. Convinced that the child will do better in Greece, he attempts to raise the airfare to get the family back there.

When his income dries up, he is forced to fix a dice game to raise the cash. His wife eventually raises the money by stealing from her own mother.

In the end, they make the trip but Matsoukas decides to stay to avoid further humiliating his wife.

This was the final role of Inger Stevens, who committed suicide two months after the film’s release.

Anthony Quinn as Matsoukas
Irene Papas as Caliope
Inger Stevens as Anna
Sam Levene as Cicero
Val Avery as Fatsas
Radames Pera as Stavros
Tamara Daykarhanova as Mother-in-law
Peter Mamakos as Falconis
James Dobson as Doctor
Zvee Scooler as Zenoitis


Directed by Daniel Mann
Produced by Jules Schermer
Written by Ian McLellan Hunter, based on A Dream of Kings by Harry Mark Petrakis
Music by Alex North
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Edited by Ray Daniels, Walter Hannemann
Distributed by National General Pictures

Release date: December 15, 1969

Running time: 70 minutes


TCM showed the movie on July 24, 2020.