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My Big Fat Greek Wedding Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

One woman's rocky road to the altar gets played for laughs in this comedy, adapted from the one-woman off-Broadway show written by and starring [[Performer~P303789~Nia Vardalos~niavardalos]]. Toula ([[Performer~P303789~Vardalos~niavardalos]]) is a Greek-American woman who is in her early thirties and single, with no immediate prospects of changing that status any time soon. This bothers Toula a bit, but not half as much as it distresses her mother ([[Performer~P37216~Lainie Kazan~lainiekazan]]) and father ([[Performer~P14610~Michael Constantine~michaelconstantine]]), who want to send her to Greece in hopes of finding a husband in the old country. Toula isn't interested in leaving the country to find a man, but since she works in the family business -- a Greek restaurant in Chicago called Dancing Zorba's -- she has to hear about it whether she likes it or not. One day, after seeing a handsome stranger in the restaurant and not having the courage to talk to him, Toula decides she needs a bit of self-improvement. Despite her dad's misgivings, Toula signs up for a night-school class studying computers, trades in her glasses for contact lenses, gets a different job at a travel agency, and spruces herself up with a new look and a new attitude. To her very pleasant surprise, she once again encounters the handsome stranger, who soon asks her out on a date. Schoolteacher Ian Miller ([[Performer~P14926~John Corbett~johncorbett]]) is seemingly perfect -- he's tall, handsome, smart, good-natured, and soon in love with Toula -- except for two little things: he's not Greek, and he's a vegetarian, both of which horrify Toula's family. When Ian pops the question (and Toula says yes), the bride-to-be has to negotiate a reasonably peaceful meeting between Ian's upper-class parents and her own working-class extended family. There's also the matter of the wedding, which Toula's mother is planning around the notion that quantity IS quality. My Big Fat Greek Wedding also features Ian Gomez ([[Performer~P303789~Vardalos~niavardalos]]' real-life husband), [[Performer~P45001~Louis Mandylor~louismandylor]], [[Performer~P45915~Andrea Martin~andreamartin]], and [[Performer~P296921~Joey Fatone~joeyfatone]] (from the pop group *NSYNC). [[Performer~P93341~Tom Hanks~tomhanks]] and [[Performer~P76799~Rita Wilson~ritawilson]] helped produce the film through the auspices of their production company, Playtone. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 19, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Nia Vardalos Best Debut Performance 2002 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Nia Vardalos Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2002 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Nia Vardalos Best Original Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Nia Vardalos Best Writer 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nia Vardalos Best Original Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Nia Vardalos Best Screenplay 2003 Nominee

Cast

Nia Vardalos
as Toula
John Corbett
as Ian Miller
Michael Constantine
as Gus
Lainie Kazan
as Maria
Andrea Martin
as Aunt Voula
Joey Fatone
as Angelo
Gia Carides
as Nikki
Louis Mandylor
as Nick
Bess Meisler
as Yia Yia
Fiona Reid
as Harriet Miller
Bruce Gray
as Rodney Miller
Ian Gomez
as Mike
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs. White
Jim Rouvas
as Wedding Band
Joe Persechini
as Suitor
Gale Garnett
as Aunt Lexy
Charlene Bitzas
as Aunt Nota
Chris Savides
as Greek Chanter
Chrissy Paraskevopoulos
as Cousin Jennie
Christina Eleusiniotis
as Toula at 6
Constantine Tsapralis
as Foti
Constantine Vardalos
as Greek Chanter
Eugene Martel
as Suitor
Gerry Mendicino
as Uncle Taki
John Kalangis
as Greek Teacher
Kathryn Haggis
as Cousin Marianthi
Kaylee Vieira
as Schoolgirl
Anthony Kandiotis
as Priest
Marita Zouravlioff
as Toula at 12
Marla Vacratsis
as Aunt Frieda
Melissa Todd
as Car Pool Friend
Arielle Sugarman
as Paris
Nick Kutsukos
as Bouzouki Player
Peter Chalkiopoulos
as Wedding Band
Peter Gogos
as Wedding Band
Peter Tharos
as Yianni
Peter Xynnis
as Suitor
Petra Wildgoose
as Car Pool Friend
Sarah Osman
as Athena at 15
Scott Khouri
as Waiter
Spiro Milankou
as Wedding Band
Stavroula Logothettis
as Athena
Victor Politis
as Wedding Band

Crew

Joel Zwick
Director
Tom Hanks
Producer
Rita Wilson
Producer
Gary Goetzman
Producer
Nia Vardalos
Play Author
Nia Vardalos
Screenwriter
Jeffrey Jur
Cinematographer
Deva Anderson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alexander Janko
Composer (Music Score)
Mia Goldman
Editor
Gregory Keen
Production Designer
Kei Ng
Art Director
David Coatsworth
Co-producer
Norm Waitt
Executive Producer
Paul Brooks
Executive Producer
Steven Shareshian
Executive Producer
Enrico Campana
Set Designer
Michael Clancy
Costume Designer
Grant Lucibello
First Assistant Director
David McAree
First Assistant Director
Andy Chmura
Camera Operator
Kostas Petsis
Choreography
Tom Mather
Sound Mixer
Liberman/Patton Casting
Casting
Robin D. Cook
Casting
Alan Doucette
Properties Master
Cylvan Desrouleaux
Second Assistant Camera
Daniela Saioni
Script Supervisor
David Coatsworth
Unit Production Manager
Alex Gibson
Music Editor
Grant Lucibello
Second Assistant Director
Greg Eby
Production Accountant
Don Cornelius
Assistant Location Manager
Dorota Zajac
Makeup
Dean Drabin
ADR Mixer
Wayne Wightman
Assistant Art Director
Tami Treadwell
ADR Recordist
Thomas Hayek
Boom Operator
Paul Timothy Carden
Supervising Sound Editor
Thomas J. Tobin
Production Assistant
Melissa Peltier
Co-Executive Producer
Paul Holzborn
Foley Artist
Rod Benjamin
Key Grip
Rossana Campo
Scenic Artist
Sandra Reynolds
Hair Styles
Beatriz Salazar
Hair Styles
Sophie Giraud
Still Photographer
Lesia Capone
Assistant Production Coordinator
Lisa Ystrom
Casting Associate
Mark Hufnail
Co-Executive Producer
Marsha Robertson
Unit Publicist
Martin Malivoire
Special Effects Supervisor
Melissa Hofmann
Re-Recording Mixer
Ann Brodie
Key Make-up
Jim Milio
Co-Executive Producer
JoAnne Rivers
Production Coordinator
John Colavecchia
First Assistant Camera
John Nelles
Dialogue Coach
Heather Persons
Co-Editor
Imre de Jonge
Assistant Properties
Isabel Henderson
Post Production Supervisor
Jay Duboisson
Assistant Costume Designer
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