Dark Odyssey

Synopsis: Yianni Martakis, a sailor immigrant in New York City, is on a mission to find and kill the man who raped his sister. Along the way he becomes entangled with the sweet, unassuming Niki Vassos, and must decide whether he should forget his path of vengeance and perhaps begin living a normal life.
85 min

(ship horn blowing)

(bell clanging)

(men arguing)

What's going on?

It's all right,


I said,

"What's going on?"

This guy can't

take a joke.

He said I was a peasant

from the hills.

Get back to work,

all of you!

We got to get

this ship unloaded.

Go ahead, Demo,

get back to your job.

Come on.

Leave me alone!

You know I don't allow fighting

on my ship, Martakis.

If you want to let off steam,

wait 'til we get into port.

You'll have a

few drinks, some dancing.

I'll give you

my share.

The deck officer

needs some help.

Give him a hand.

(cranes clanking)

Do you want

some coffee?

I just had some.


a cigarette.

No, thanks.

I'm sorry I spoke to you

the way I did.

Forget about it.

Demo made me angry.

And I'm anxious about

getting to New York.

Do you have

relatives there?

No-- there's someone

I have to see.

A man I met

in my village.

Does he have a daughter

you can marry?


When you get angry,

you don't let go.

Don't take Demo



if you took all the guys

I wanted to sock in my time,

stood them shoulder

to shoulder, and put slingshots

in their hands, we could retake

Constantinople tomorrow.

That's funny.


Well, whatever it is,

be a man-- forget it.

Don't do

anything foolish.

I won't.

Hey, Demo.


Have you seen



Where's the


He's on deck.

Let's go.

Hey, what's this

all about?

You'll find out.

Wait a second.

You stay

on watch tonight.

I stood watch

on our last port.

Captain's orders.

All right.


Where you going?

I'm going

to make a call.

Call 'em tomorrow.

(no voices)

Pano Coupas?

Pano Coupas?

He's gone.

Ain't nobody

here now.

You better come back

Monday, mister.

Where'd he go?

He don't tell me

where he's goin'.

He just goes.

Sometimes he goes across the

street for a cup of coffee.

Across the street?

Yeah, on that coffee place

over there-- George's.

I see him go

in there all the time.

(general conversations)

You're giving away

the profits, eh?


No, we're having a party.

(cash register dings)

Well, have a nice

weekend, Nike.

Thank you.

You too.

Excuse me, do you

know Mr. Pano Coupas?



Pano Coupas.

Yes, I know him.

As a matter of fact, he was

here a short time ago.

Why don't you

try his office?

It's right over there.

I was there and somebody

told me to ask here.

I just arrived from

Greece and I must see him.

From Greece? You've come

to the right place.

Wasn't he

expecting you?

Didn't he tell you where

to meet him?

He didn't know I was coming

and I haven't much time.

Do you know

where he lives?

Somewhere in

Washington Heights.


That's uptown.

Why don't you look up his

address in the phone book?

Here, I'll do it

for you.

You work on

the boats?

Yes, I do.

Will you be

here long?

My ship is

leaving Sunday.

Well then,

you should call him

and tell him you're here

looking for him.

I'll call him for you

and then you can talk to him.

No, no!

It's no trouble.

It's already


(phone ringing through)

I guess he mustn't

have gotten home yet.


here's his address.

Thank you.

You take the

subway at the corner.

Take the A train and get off at

the 175th street stop.

Thank you

very much.

I hope you enjoy

your visit.


I guess

I didn't realize

how confusing New York subways

would be to a stranger.

I live up in that neighborhood

and I'm on my way home.

If you want to come along with

me, I can show you the way.

My name is

Nike Vassos.

You're very kind,

Miss Vassos.

I don't understand

about A trains

and all those other

things you told me.

I'm sorry

about that.

I was so busy getting these

things together.

We're baptizing my

cousin's baby on Sunday.

My mother wanted me

to bring some food home.

Come on.

George, what's eatin' your

jackass of a young friend?



What's wrong?

He jumped ship.

On your word,

I kept him onboard.


what's he up to?

I'm not sure.

George, you've sailed with

me for over 11 years.

You know

you can tell me.

I think he's gone to settle

a grudge with some guy.

I always get stuck with the

crazy ones on my ship.

Why didn't you

tell me this before?

I wasn't sure what

he was going to do.

I thought if

we kept him onboard

while we sailed,

he'd forget about it.

He's a nice kid.

I didn't think

it was that serious.

Well, it is now.

I'm going to have to call

the port authorities.

Well, don't do that.

If they pick him up,

it will go very hard for him.

What do you mean,

"Don't do that"?

Let me try

to find him first.

You couldn't possibly

find this loon of a boy.

Forget about it.

When those villagers

get an idea into their head,

you can't change it.

But this boy's young... give me

a little time to find him.


you're crazy.

Okay, I won't report him to the

port authorities until tomorrow.

But who's he

looking for?

How are you

gonna find him?

I don't know.

I know one way

of trying to find out.

Let's see what is

in his drawer.

Look at that.

It's Yianni, see.

And the girl must be his sister.

She looks just like him.

And that one

in the American clothes?

It could be

the guy.

That's him.

You sure?

If I can find him,

I think I can find the kid.

(no sound

from buzzer)

(no sound

from buzzer)

(no sound

from buzzer)


He isn't home.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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