* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Zorba! Is he a well-meaning if somewhat irresponsible fellow who lives in the present or a selfish con man who calls for living life to the fullest with no thought to the consequences as long as it is at the expense of others? The latter can be found in his conning the monks out of the forest by faking a miracle, spending all of Basil's money on women and booze, and encouraging Basil to pursue the widow despite knowing how tense the situation in the village was.
* EarWorm: the title song by Mikis Theodorakis. It gets worse if you've heard Herb Alpert perform it.
* SignatureScene: The dance scene at the end.
* TheWoobie:The widow. She has her throat cut for the crime of someone committing suicide over her. Her body is abandoned on the street and the crime never persecuted. The villagers still hate her. Only Basil, Zorba, and Mimithos (Sotiris Moustakas) the village idiot, mourn for her.