|Anthony Quinn||Alexis Zorba|
|Lila Kedrova||Madame Hortense|
Traveling to inspect an abandoned mine his father owns in Crete, English author Basil meets the exuberant peasant Zorba and invites him along when the older man claims he has mining experience. In Basil's father's old village, he finds himself attracted to a young widow, and Zorba takes up with the woman who runs their hotel . When things go wrong, Zorba teaches Basil how to enjoy life even under the most trying circumstances.