O Thekatos Tritos (1967)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Greece  |  
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Maria (Helena Nathanael) returns to the island of Lesbos at the end of World War II for the dedication of a statue honoring fallen war heros. Flashbacks tell of the mission of Dimitris (Paris Alexander), a young officer sent from the Middle East to blow up a Nazi fort full of ammunition. Wounded in the mountains, Dimitris is found by the shepherd Lucas (Yannis Voglis), a social outcast. Fearing he will die before he can complete his mission, Dimitris talks Lucas into carrying out the dangerous plan. After the fort is destroyed, Dimitris's father Thanassis (Theodoros Exarhos) is one of 13 men gathered by the Nazis and slated for execution. Thanassis escapes and Lucas is arbitrarily chosen to die in his place. The outcast is later remembered as a hero who saved the people who had once shunned him.