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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 Nia Vardalos. Toula (Vardalos) 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 (Lainie Kazan) and father (Michael Constantine), 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 (John Corbett) 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 (Vardalos' real-life husband), Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin, and Joey Fatone (from the pop group *NSYNC). Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson 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
Peter Tharos
as Yianni
Gerry Mendicino
as Uncle Taki
Anthony Kandiotis
as Priest
Melissa Todd
as Car Pool Friend
Kaylee Vieira
as Schoolgirl
Chris Savides
as Greek Chanter
Spiro Milankou
as Wedding Band
Chrissy Paraskevopoulos
as Cousin Jennie
Arielle Sugarman
as Paris
Constantine Tsapralis
as Foti
Nick Kutsukos
as Bouzouki Player
Marla Vacratsis
as Aunt Frieda
Peter Chalkiopoulos
as Wedding Band
Christina Eleusiniotis
as Toula at 6
Charlene Bitzas
as Aunt Nota
Gale Garnett
as Aunt Lexy
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs. White
Scott Khouri
as Waiter
Petra Wildgoose
as Car Pool Friend
Peter Gogos
as Wedding Band
Victor Politis
as Wedding Band
Peter Xynnis
as Suitor
Sarah Osman
as Athena at 15
Jim Rouvas
as Wedding Band
Eugene Martel
as Suitor
Stavroula Logothettis
as Athena
Joe Persechini
as Suitor
John Kalangis
as Greek Teacher
Constantine Vardalos
as Greek Chanter
Marita Zouravlioff
as Toula at 12
Kathryn Haggis
as Cousin Marianthi

Crew

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