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Loaf and Camouflage (1984)

Loufa kai parallagi (original title)
The "adventures" of some friends during their military service.


Nicos Perakis


Nicos Perakis
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikos Kalogeropoulos Nikos Kalogeropoulos ... Pvt Ioannis Papadopoulos
Giorgos Kimoulis ... Pvt Ahilleas Labrou
Takis Spyridakis ... Pvt Panagiotis Balourdos
Stavros Xenidis Stavros Xenidis ... Col A. Kontelis
Andreas Filippides ... Lt. Col. Minas Katsabelas
Hristos Valavanidis ... Maj D. Karavidis
Antonis Theodorakopoulos Antonis Theodorakopoulos ... Captain
Nikos Tsachiridis ... Staff Sergeant
Fotis Polyxronopoulos Fotis Polyxronopoulos ... Pvt Michalis Karamanos
Giannis Hatzigiannis Giannis Hatzigiannis ... Pvt Petros Savvidis
Paris Tselios Paris Tselios ... Pvt Marlafekas
Stavros Mavridis Stavros Mavridis ... Pvt Apostolis Apostolopoulos
Tania Kapsali Tania Kapsali ... Emmanouela Dimaki
Ira Papamichail Ira Papamichail ... Soula
Ifigeneia Makati Ifigeneia Makati ... Katerina Papadopoulou


With his surname bearing an uncanny resemblance to that of the leader of the military coup d'état that took place in Greece on 21 April 1967, Georgios Papadopoulos, the ecstatic Greek Army soldier and father of two, Yannis Papadopoulos, is transferred to the newly founded Armed Forces Television. There--being close to his wife and children, and believing that he hit the jackpot--instead, the young cinematographer and the inventive motley crew of brothers-in-arms will find themselves face-to-face with the authoritarian regime, and the ugly truth of a new reality. Under those circumstances, can loafing and camouflage work? Written by Nick Riganas

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A national tragedy turned into a comedy. See more »





Official Sites:

Greek Film Centre - (Greek)





Release Date:

3 October 1984 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Loafing and Camouflage See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point, the gate officer informs Pvt. Papadopoulos that Von Canaris is looking for him. While the officer's name is actually Major D. Karavidis, who is the intelligence officer of the unit, this is a reference to Admiral Wilhelm Franz Canaris who was the head of the Abwehr, the German military intelligence service, from 1935 to 1944. See more »


Followed by I-4: Loufa & Apallagi (2008) See more »


Performed by Tania Kapsali
Music by Nikos Mamangakis
Lyrics by Nikos Foskolos
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Dictatorship in a different way
9 September 2004 | by rolling_thunderSee all my reviews

Perhaps the best Greek film the last 25 years and a film along with 2-3 more that kept the Greek cinema alive during the 80s. A story of the soldiers who worked on the first attempt to make television in Greece (at the YENNED studios) in the mid-to-late 60s and a funny view of the 7 year dictatorship (1967-1974). People who don't have much to do in life and try to make money from everything (they even try to film a porn film to earn some). Perakis writes and directs this film and makes it hilarious sometimes and caustic, but really serious when it has to deal with matters of people with left political beliefs. The film is original because it does not follow the path other Greek directors used to follow in order to make a film for such periods (and they were many who have done so since 1975). It shows that not anybody was fighting against the regime, not because they didn't like what was happening, but because they did not feel that their life was changed that much and most of all it's not the gloomy depiction of the 7 years. The "ghost" of the dictatorship is always there, don't forget that it's a film about a military dictatorship, seen from a view of people who are IN the army. If you are Greek, then it is, a must-seen-film ! Highly recommended for anybody else !

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