Eleni is the 1985 film adaptation of the memoir Eleni by Greek-American journalist Nicholas Gage. Directed by Peter Yates with a screenplay by Steve Tesich, the film stars John Malkovich, Kate Nelligan, Linda Hunt and Glenne Headly; the film is told in a flashback format with Gage, now living in the United States, returning to his native Greece to solve the mystery of his mother's death when he was a child. The film looks back to the effect of the 1940s Greek Civil War on the remote Greek village of his upbringing, he investigates what happened to his mother after Communist guerrillas of ΔΣΕ invade the village. Kate Nelligan as Eleni John Malkovich as Nicholas Gage Linda Hunt as Katina Oliver Cotton as Katis Ronald Pickup as Spiro Rosalie Crutchley as Grandmother Glenne Headly as Joan Dimitra Arliss as Ana Red Terror Democratic Army of Greece OPLA Eleni on IMDb Eleni at AllMovie Eleni at Box Office Mojo Eleni at Rotten Tomatoes
Westport is a town in Fairfield County, United States, along Long Island Sound within Connecticut's Gold Coast. It is 52 miles northeast of New York City; the town had a population of 26,391 according to the 2010 U. S. Census, is ranked 22nd among America's 100 Richest Places as well as second in Connecticut, with populations between 20,000 and 65,000; the earliest known inhabitants of the Westport area as identified through archaeological finds date back 7,500 years. Records from the first white settlers report the Pequot Indians living in the area which they called Machamux translated by the colonialists as beautiful land. Settlement by colonialists dates back to the five Bankside Farmers; the community had its own ecclesiastical society, supported by independent civil and religious elements, enabling it to be independent from the Town of Fairfield. The settlers arrived in 1693, having followed cattle to the isolated area known to the Pequot as the "beautiful land"; as the settlement expanded its name changed: it was known as "Bankside" in 1693 named Green's Farm in 1732 in honor of Bankside Farmer John Green and in 1835 incorporated as the Town of Westport.
During the revolutionary war—on April 25, 1777, a 1,850 strong British force under the command of the Royal Governor of the Province of New York, Major General William Tryon landed on Compo Beach to destroy the Continental Army’s military supplies in Danbury. Minutemen from Westport and the surrounding areas crouched hiding whilst Tryon's troops passed and launched an offensive from their rear. A statue on Compo beach commemorates this plan of attack with a crouching Minuteman facing away from the beach; the Town of Westport was incorporated on May 28, 1835, with lands from Fairfield and Norwalk. Daniel Nash led 130 people of Westport in the petitioning of the Town of Fairfield for Westport’s incorporation; the driving force behind the petition was to assist their seaport’s economic viability, being undermined by neighboring towns’ seaports. For several decades after that, Westport was a prosperous agricultural community distinguishing itself as the leading onion-growing center in the U. S. Blight caused the collapse of Westport's onion industry leading to the mills and factories replacing agricultural as the town's economic engine.
Agriculture was Westport's first major industry. By the 19th century, Westport had become a shipping center in part to transport onions to market. Starting around 1910 the town experienced a cultural expansion. During this period artists and authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald moved to Westport to be free from the commuting demands experienced by business people; the roots of Westport's reputation as an arts center can be traced back to this period during which it was known as a "creative heaven."In the 20th century a combination of industrialization, popularity among New Yorkers attracted to fashionable Westport—which had attracted many artists and writers—resulted in farmers selling off their land. Westport changed from a community of farmers to a suburban development. In the 1950s through to the 1970s, New Yorkers relocating from the city to the suburbs discovered Westport's culture of artists and authors; the population grew assisted by the ease of commuting to New York City and back again to rolling hills and the "natural beauty of the town."
By this time Westport had "chic New York-type fashion shopping" and a school system with a good reputation, both factors contributing to the growth. By the 21st century, Westport had developed into a center for insurance. According to a publication by the 2010 Census, Westport has a total area of 33.45 square miles of which 19.96 square miles is land with the remaining area 13.49 square miles is water. Westport is bordered by Norwalk on the west, Weston to the north, Wilton to the northwest, Fairfield to the east and Long Island Sound to the south. Both the train station and a total of 26 percent of town residents live within the 100-year floodplain; the floodplain was breached in 1992 and 1996 resulting in damage to private property, the 1992 flooding of the train station parking lot and the implementation of flood mitigation measures that include town regulations that affect renovations and additions to building within the floodplain zone. Saugatuck – around the Westport railroad station near the southwestern corner of the town – a built-up area with some restaurants and offices.
Saugatuck originates from the Paugussett tribe meaning mouth of the tidal river. Saugatuck Shores – A curved peninsula surrounded by the Long Island Sound, this area was once part of the town of Norwalk. Today several hundred residents live on the peninsula. Saugatuck Island – founded in the 1890s as Greater Marsh Shores, the island was renamed to its current name in 1920 and became a special taxing district on November 5, 1984. Downtown Westport - The area around Post Road and Main Street on and near the Saugatuck River that serves as the center of Westport, with many shops and restaurants. There has been recent growth in the downtown area, including Levitt Pavilion, National Hall, Bedford square, a mixed use development on Church St, Elm St, Main St and Post Rd that will have apartments, public spaces, including a courtyard, underground parking and restaurants, as well as the incorporation of the historic Bedford Mansion. Greens Farms – is Westport's oldest neighborhood starting around Hillsp
She-Devil is a 1989 American black comedy film directed by Susan Seidelman and written by Barry Strugatz and Mark R. Burns, it stars Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr in her film Debut and Ed Begley Jr.. A loose adaptation of the 1983 novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil by British writer Fay Weldon, She-Devil tells the story of Ruth Patchett, a dumpy, overweight housewife who exacts devilish revenge, after her philandering husband leaves her and their children for glamorous, best-selling romance novelist Mary Fisher; the second adaption of Weldon's novel, after a BBC TV miniseries entitled The Life and Loves of a She-Devil was broadcast in 1986, the film was shot amid the first season break of Barr's successful ABC sitcom Roseanne, in New York City throughout spring and summer 1989. For a while, one of the first actresses to read the script, considered taking the part of Ruth herself but opted to play Fisher instead, as she felt she had dealt with a similar subject in her previous film Evil Angels.
Produced by Orion Pictures, She-Devil was released on December 8, 1989, grossed $15.5 million at the box office. Critics criticized the film for its tone. Streep earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy the following year. Ruth Patchett is a frumpy, overweight wife and mother, who tries to please her husband Bob, an accountant trying to boost his business. After Bob meets Mary Fisher, a narcissistic romance novelist, at a dinner party, they begin an affair. Ruth, aware of the affair, confronts Bob while his parents are visiting, Bob leaves her; as he packs his suitcase, he says his assets are his home, his family, his career, his freedom. Angry, Ruth vows revenge on Mary. Ruth writes a list titled "Bob's Assets", with the four assets, she crosses off each one. With Bob away at Mary's and the kids at school, she overloads the electricity of the house, destroyed in a gigantic explosion, she tells him that she will not be returning. However, she is still working behind the scenes to destroy Bob's remaining assets, aided by Mary's financial records which she procured prior to destroying the house.
It is revealed that Bob's second asset, his family, is being destroyed, too, as Mary's selfish refusal to learn how to be a mother causes tension in her relationship with Bob. Ruth takes a job at a nursing home under the pseudonym Vesta Rose, where she befriends Mary's foul-mouthed, estranged mother, arranges for her to return to Mary's life at an inopportune moment, she meets Nurse Hooper, a woman who has worked for the nursing home for twenty-two years and put aside her earnings for a considerable life savings. They form a partnership and start an employment agency for downtrodden women who have been rejected by society and need a second chance; the agency is a success, the women Ruth has helped assist her in getting revenge on Bob. Mary writes a new novel loosely based on her romance with Bob, which her publisher considers strange and off-putting, because of its focus on laundry and the protagonist's name, Bob. Olivia, an attractive but ditsy young blonde, applies to Ruth's agency, she finds her a position as Bob's secretary.
He soon starts sleeping with her, but when she proclaims her love, he dumps and fires her. Olivia reveals to Ruth that Bob is a fraudster who cons money out of his clients by skimming interest off their accounts transferring it to his offshore account. Ruth hacks his exposes this to clients and the police, thus destroying his career. Mary's career goes too; as she is being interviewed for a puff piece by People, her mother reveals embarrassing secrets about Mary that are titled "Dethroning the Queen of Romance". Mary, intent on reclaiming her former life, throws a party for her friends, which goes well until state troopers appear with a warrant for Bob's arrest. Bob's lawyer bribes a judge to ensure the verdict is favorable, unknowingly informs Mary that Bob has been stealing from her account as well; as Mary leaves Bob, he realizes that what he did to Ruth has happened to him and he has ended up with nothing because of his greed and infidelity. A woman who gained employment as a court clerk thanks to Ruth's agency, pays Ruth back by reassigning Bob's case to an unbiased judge.
Bob is convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to 18 months in prison, thus destroying his fourth and final asset: his freedom. Meanwhile, Mary sells her mansion while Ruth's business thrives. One year Ruth and her children visit a reformed Bob, who says he will be free soon and is looking forward to catching up with them, it is loosely implied that he and Ruth have divorced but are now on more amicable terms with each other. Ruth ends by saying she believes as has Bob, but that not everyone does so; the final scene shows Ruth at a book signing for Mary's new novel – in which she tells all about her affair. Ruth asks Mary to make the autograph out to Ruth, Mary does a double take. Next in line after Ruth is a man whom Mary tries to become more personal with, indicating she has not changed her ways; the film ends with Ruth, a smile on her face as she walks down a busy street in Manhattan, accompanied by women from her firm. Meryl Streep as Mary Fisher Roseanne Barr as Ruth Patchett Ed Begley Jr. as Bob Patchett Linda Hunt as Hooper Sylvia Miles as Mrs. Fisher Elisebeth Peters as Nicolette Patchett Bryan Larkin as Andy Patchett A Martinez as Garcia Maria Pitillo as Olivia Honey Mary Louise Wilson as Mrs. Trumper Susan Willis as Ute Jack Gilpin as Larry Robin Leach as Himself Nitchie Barrett as Bob's Secre
Dragonfly (2002 film)
Dragonfly is a 2002 supernatural fantasy film directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Kevin Costner. The story is about a grieving doctor being contacted by his late wife through his patients' near-death experience; the film was panned by critics and was a box office failure, grossing $52.3 million against its $60 million production budget. Joe and Emily Darrow are doctors in a Chicago hospital. Seven months pregnant Emily travels to Venezuela to help natives in the Amazon area, she dies when a bus plunges into the river below. Her body is never found by the local authorities. Without taking time to grieve Joe returns to work. One night he is awakened by his wife's dragonfly paper weight that rolls across the room, his wife always had a passion for dragonflies and had a birthmark on her shoulder which resembled a dragonfly. Joe starts visiting Emily's patients at the pediatric oncology unit in the hospital. One of his wife's patients is brought in unconscious. Joe hears the child calling his name and follows the staff who are trying to revive him without success - the child's heart flatlines.
As Joe approaches the child the heart begins beating again. The following afternoon Joe returns to the child who asks him if he is "Emily's Joe" and tells him she sent him back to tell Joe something. All over the room are drawings of a curvy cross; the boy tells about his near death experience, that he saw a light, a woman showing him an image of Joe, that the cross symbol was what he saw at the end of the rainbow. While passing by another child's room, Joe sees the same drawing; that boy knows who Joe is and tells him that he must "go to the rainbow". When Joe arrives at home, his parrot mysteriously goes into a rage breaking a pot making the same wavy cross symbol drawn in the spilled soil on the floor. Joe spots a dragonfly flying outside the window, sees Emily reaching for him outside that same window. Joe's neighbour, Miriam Belmont, tries to talk him back into reality. Instead, he goes to a controversial nun who investigated near-death experiences. Sister Madeline advises Joe; the breaking point occurs at the hospital.
Joe hears his wife speaking through the patient, calling his name. He decides to go on vacation. While packing away his wife's belongings, the lightbulb in the room burns out; when he returns with a new bulb, all the belongings he had packed away are back in their original places. He enters his kitchen where a map has blown open, showing the mysterious curvy cross symbol at several places, he learns from a friend. Joe remembers and finds a photo of his wife posing in front of a waterfall with a rainbow behind her, he takes a trip to the South American area. Joe's pilot, takes him to the victims' graves near a tribe village. Joe asks his native guides if they know where his wife is buried, they start arguing with each other. Joe's attention shifts to the village and he runs off to it, he sees the bus far down below in the water. Joe jumps into the river and enters the semi-flooded bus, causing the bus to shift and becoming submerged. Joe is trapped inside but calms down when a bright glow fills the bus and his wife appears to him, reaching his hand.
The events of her final hours flash before him, showing she survived the initial accident and was pulled to safety by nearby Yanomami villagers. He is suddenly rescued out of the bus by Victor. Joe runs to the village just to become surrounded by angry native men holding weapons, he holds up a photo of his wife. A native woman tells him they couldn't save her body but they saved her soul. Perplexed, he follows her into one of the huts, inside is a female infant in a basket; the child his wife was carrying had survived the accident. The woman shows him a birthmark on the child in the shape of a dragonfly; as he embraces his daughter he realizes. The film ends with Joe playing with his daughter, now a toddler, having the same wavy blonde hair and, the image of his wife. Kevin Costner as Dr. Joe Darrow Susanna Thompson as Dr. Emily Darrow Joe Morton as Hugh Campbell Ron Rifkin as Charlie Dickinson Kathy Bates as Miriam Belmont Linda Hunt as Sister Madeline Jacob Vargas as Victor Robert Bailey, Jr. as Jeffrey Reardon Produced on a $60 million budget, Dragonfly made $52 million worldwide.
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 7% of 124 critics gave the film a positive review. The consensus reads: "Sappy and muddled, Dragonfly is too melancholic and cliched to generate much suspense." On Metacritic it carries the score of 25 out of 100, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews". An Indian re-make was made of this film by the name Saaya in 2003. Official website Dragonfly on IMDb
Mother Courage and Her Children
Mother Courage and Her Children is a play written in 1939 by the German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht, with significant contributions from Margarete Steffin. Four theatrical productions were produced in Switzerland and Germany from 1941 to 1952, the last three supervised and/or directed by Brecht, who had returned to East Germany from the United States. Several years after Brecht's death in 1959/1960, the play was adapted as a German film starring Helene Weigel, Brecht's widow and a leading actress. Mother Courage is considered by some to be the greatest play of the 20th century, also the greatest anti-war play of all time. Mother Courage is one of nine plays that Brecht wrote in resistance to the rise of Fascism and Nazism. In response to the invasion of Poland by the German armies of Adolf Hitler in 1939, Brecht wrote Mother Courage in what writers call a "white heat"—in a little over a month; as the preface to the Ralph Manheim/John Willett Collected Plays puts it: Mother Courage, with its theme of the devastating effects of a European war and the blindness of anyone hoping to profit by it, is said to have been written in a month.
Following Brecht's own principles for political drama, the play is not set in modern times but during the Thirty Years' War of 1618–1648, which involved all the European states. It follows the fortunes of Anna Fierling, nicknamed Mother Courage, a wily canteen woman with the Swedish Army, determined to make her living from the war. Over the course of the play, she loses all three of her children, Schweizerkas and Kattrin, to the war from which she tried to profit; the name of the central character, Mother Courage, is drawn from the picaresque writings of the 17th-century German writer Grimmelshausen. His central character in the early short novel, The Runagate Courage struggles and connives her way through the Thirty Years' War in Germany and Poland. Otherwise the story is Brecht's, in collaboration with Steffin; the action of the play takes place over the course of 12 years, represented in 12 scenes. Some give a sense of Courage's career, but do not provide time for viewers to develop sentimental feelings and empathize with any of the characters.
Meanwhile, Mother Courage is not depicted as a noble character. The Brechtian epic theatre distinguished itself from the ancient Greek tragedies, in which the heroes are far above the average. Neither does Brecht's ending of his play inspire any desire to imitate the main character, Mother Courage. Mother Courage is among Brecht's most famous plays; some directors consider it to be the greatest play of the 20th century. Brecht expresses the dreadfulness of war and the idea that virtues are not rewarded in corrupt times, he used an epic structure to force the audience to focus on the issues rather than getting involved with the characters and their emotions. Epic plays are a distinct genre typical of Brecht; some critics believe. Mother Courage is an example of Brecht's concepts of epic theatre and Verfremdungseffekt, or "V" effect. For instance, a single tree would be used to convey a whole forest, the stage is flooded with bright white light, whether it's a winter's night or a summer's day. Several songs, interspersed throughout the play, are used to underscore the themes of the play.
They require the audience to think about what the playwright is saying. Mother Courage Kattrin, her mute daughter Eilif, her older son Schweizerkas, her younger son Recruiting Officer Sergeant Cook Swedish Commander Chaplain Ordinance Officer Yvette Pottier Man with the Bandage Another Sergeant Old Colonel Clerk Young Soldier Older Soldier Peasant Peasant Woman Young Man Old Woman Another Peasant Another Peasant Woman Young Peasant Lieutenant Voice The play is set in the 17th century in Europe during the Thirty Years' War; the Recruiting Officer and Sergeant are introduced, both complaining about the difficulty of recruiting soldiers to the war. Anna Fierling enters pulling a cart containing provisions for sale to soldiers, introduces her children Eilif and Schweizerkas; the sergeant negotiates a deal with Mother Courage while Eilif is conscripted by the Recruiting Officer. Two years thereafter, Mother Courage argues with a Protestant General's cook over a capon, Eilif is congratulated by the General for killing peasants and slaughtering their cattle.
Eilif and his mother sing "The Fishwife and the Soldier". Mother Courage scolds her son for endangering himself. Three years Swiss Cheese works as an army paymaster; the camp prostitute, Yvette Pottier, sings "The Fraternization Song". Mother Courage uses this song to warn Kattrin against involving herself with soldiers. Before the Catholic troops arrive, the Cook and Chaplain bring a message from Eilif. Swiss Cheese hides the regiment's paybox from invading soldiers, Mother Courage and companions change their insignia from Protestant to Catholic. Swiss Cheese is tortured by the Catholics having hidden the paybox by the river. Mother Courage attempts bribery to free him, planning to pawn the wagon first and redeem it with the regiment money; when Swiss Cheese claims that he has thrown the box in the river, Mother Courage backtracks on the price, Swiss Cheese i
Hollywood is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, notable as the home of the U. S. film industry, including several of its historic studios. Its name has come to be a shorthand reference for the people associated with it. Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in 1903, it was consolidated with the city of Los Angeles in 1910 and soon thereafter, a prominent film industry emerged becoming the most recognizable film industry in the world. In 1853, one adobe hut stood in Nopalera, named for the Mexican Nopal cactus indigenous to the area. By 1870, an agricultural community flourished; the area was known as the Cahuenga Valley, after the pass in the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. According to the diary of H. J. Whitley known as the "Father of Hollywood", on his honeymoon in 1886 he stood at the top of the hill looking out over the valley. Along came a Chinese man in a wagon carrying wood; the man bowed. The Chinese man was asked what he was doing and replied, "I holly-wood," meaning'hauling wood.'
H. J. Whitley decided to name his new town Hollywood. "Holly" would represent England and "wood" would represent his Scottish heritage. Whitley had started over 100 towns across the western United States. Whitley arranged to buy the 480 acres E. C. Hurd ranch, they shook hands on the deal. Whitley shared his plans for the new town with General Harrison Gray Otis, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Ivar Weid, a prominent businessman in the area. Daeida Wilcox learned of the name Hollywood from Ivar Weid, her neighbor in Holly Canyon and a prominent investor and friend of Whitley's, she recommended the same name to Harvey. H. Wilcox, who had purchased 120 acres on February 1, 1887, it wasn't until August 1887 Wilcox decided to use that name and filed with the Los Angeles County Recorder's office on a deed and parcel map of the property. The early real-estate boom busted at the end of that year. By 1900, the region had a post office, newspaper and two markets. Los Angeles, with a population of 102,479 lay 10 miles east through the vineyards, barley fields, citrus groves.
A single-track streetcar line ran down the middle of Prospect Avenue from it, but service was infrequent and the trip took two hours. The old citrus fruit-packing house was converted into a livery stable, improving transportation for the inhabitants of Hollywood; the Hollywood Hotel was opened in 1902 by H. J. Whitley, a president of the Los Pacific Boulevard and Development Company. Having acquired the Hurd ranch and subdivided it, Whitley built the hotel to attract land buyers. Flanking the west side of Highland Avenue, the structure fronted on Prospect Avenue, still a dusty, unpaved road, was graded and graveled; the hotel was to become internationally known and was the center of the civic and social life and home of the stars for many years. Whitley's company sold one of the early residential areas, the Ocean View Tract. Whitley did much to promote the area, he paid thousands of dollars for electric lighting, including bringing electricity and building a bank, as well as a road into the Cahuenga Pass.
The lighting ran for several blocks down Prospect Avenue. Whitley's land was centered on Highland Avenue, his 1918 development, Whitley Heights, was named for him. Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality on November 14, 1903, by a vote of 88 for and 77 against. On January 30, 1904, the voters in Hollywood decided, by a vote of 113 to 96, for the banishment of liquor in the city, except when it was being sold for medicinal purposes. Neither hotels nor restaurants were allowed to serve liquor before or after meals. In 1910, the city voted for merger with Los Angeles in order to secure an adequate water supply and to gain access to the L. A. sewer system. With annexation, the name of Prospect Avenue changed to Hollywood Boulevard and all the street numbers were changed. By 1912, major motion-picture companies had set up production in Los Angeles. In the early 1900s, most motion picture patents were held by Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company in New Jersey, filmmakers were sued to stop their productions.
To escape this, filmmakers began moving out west to Los Angeles, where attempts to enforce Edison's patents were easier to evade. The weather was ideal and there was quick access to various settings. Los Angeles became the capital of the film industry in the United States; the mountains and low land prices made Hollywood a good place to establish film studios. Director D. W. Griffith was the first to make a motion picture in Hollywood, his 17-minute short film In Old California was filmed for the Biograph Company. Although Hollywood banned movie theaters—of which it had none—before annexation that year, Los Angeles had no such restriction; the first film by a Hollywood studio, Nestor Motion Picture Company, was shot on October 26, 1911. The H. J. Whitley home was used as its set, the unnamed movie was filmed in the middle of their groves at the corner of Whitley Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard; the first studio in Hollywood, the Nestor Company, was established by the New Jersey–based Centaur Company in a roadhouse at 6121 Sunset Boulevard, in October 1911.
Four major film companies – Paramount, Warner Bros. RKO, Columbia – had studios in Hollywood, as did several minor companies and rental studios. In the 1920s, Hollywood was the fifth-largest industry in the nation. By the 1930s, Hollywood studios became vertically integrated, as production and exhibition was controlled by these companies, enabling Hollywood to produce 600 films per year. H
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles is an American action television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009, stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. The series follows the exploits of the Los Angeles–based Office of Special Projects, an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignments. NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of the successful series NCIS. Nia Long joined the cast as Shay Mosley for the ninth season after Miguel Ferrer's death. On April 18, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a tenth season, which premiered on September 30, 2018. NCIS: Los Angeles follows Special Agent G. Callen, a "legend" assigned to the Office of Special Projects, a fictitious branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Callen leads an elite team of undercover operatives as they battle enemies both foreign and domestic under the watchful eye of Operational Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange.
The team is composed of Agent Kensi Blye, a hand-to-hand combat specialist and forensic whiz, Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL and G's partner, technical analyst Eric Bartholomew Beale III, ranking team member Shay Mosley, NCIS Executive Assistant Director for Pacific Operations. Over the course of the series, the team are assisted by allies from both NCIS and its local counterparts, including LAPD liaison officer Marty Deeks, Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones, Operational Psychologist Nate Getz, rookie field agent Dominic Vail, all of whom work side-by-side with NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger, a laconic agent and skilled bureaucrat. G. Callen is the Lead Senior Special Agent and undercover operative attached to the NCIS Office of Special Projects, he speaks several languages fluently, including Russian and French. Callen is a skilled field agent having worked numerous overseas undercover assignments. Placed in the foster system at a young age, G. did not know his first name but learned about his family, in turn, himself.
As G. lives somewhat of a nomadic nature, Los Angeles is G's most stable home. He is partnered with Sam Hanna. Nate Getz is an Operational Psychologist attached to OSP in order to monitor the team's emotional well-being. Valued as both an agent and a doctor, Getz is drafted to a deep cover operation and subsequently becomes a well-established field agent. Despite his career change, Getz still returns to Los Angeles. Kensi Blye is the daughter of a Marine and the only female Special Agent attached to OSP, her father died at a young age. Estranged from her mother, Kensi is a skilled undercover operative and sniper, not afraid to use her sexuality to get results, she is married to her partner Marty Deeks. Dominic Vail is a probationary agent and a technical specialist, assigned to OSP straight out of training, he is seen as a sort of younger brother to the other team members. Sam Hanna is G's partner. Sam has the most stable home life of the team, he still lives for the thrill of undercover work. He is a former Navy SEAL, an expert on Middle Eastern culture, speaks fluent Arabic, as such he not only provides invaluable insight on cases involving the USMC and USN, but on cases involving ethnicity.
Henrietta "Hetty" Lange is the team's Operational Manager. As a veteran undercover operative, Hetty has achieved an unbelievable amount during her life, with distinguished work as an overseas intelligence operative during the Cold War. During her younger years, she took in several orphans from the streets in order to mold them into undercover operatives. Eric Beale is the team's Technical Operator and resident geek, he as such is not firearms trained. Beale is comfortable in the OSP much to the chagrin of his teammates who become annoyed by his quirks such as leaving his surf board by their cars, he is close friends with Nell. Marty Deeks is a veteran Los Angeles Police Department Detective who worked undercover and was exiled within the LAPD. Deeks is an experienced attorney at law having worked as a Public Defender in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts prior to joining the LAPD. After he is selected by Hetty to be the LAPD's Liaison Officer to NCIS, it becomes clear that her plan is for Deeks to become an Agent.
He deflects a great deal using humor. He is partnered with, married to, Kensi. Nell Jones is a Special Agent, she is just as comfortable outside the office as in it, it appears that Hetty is grooming her as a replacement. Jones is a capable field operative and skilled firearms expert, she has the highest IQ of anybody at NCIS. She is close friends with Eric. Owen