Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  17 August 2001 (USA)
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When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Stamatis
Aspasia Kralli ...
Mrs. Stamatis
Mihalis Giannatos ...
Dimitris Kaberidis ...
Father Aresenios (as Dimitris Kamperidis)
Pietro Sarubbi ...
Velisarios, The Strongman (as Pedro Sarubbi)
Eleni, Pelagia's Friend
Joanna-Daria Adraktas ...
Young Lemoni
Ira Tavlaridis ...
Older Lemoni
Katerina Didaskalou ...
Lemoni's Mother
Emilios Chilakis ...
Nikos Karathanos ...


In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion. Written by Anthony Hughes <>

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greek | italian | captain | island | love | See All (133) »


Drama | Music | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mandolina del capitán Corelli  »

Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,722,799 (UK) (4 May 2001)


$25,528,495 (USA) (12 October 2001)

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Did You Know?


Was originally to be directed by Roger Michell, but he had to drop the assignment after suffering a heart attack. See more »


The movie implies that the earthquake that devastated Cephallonia after World War II occurred in 1947. It was actually in 1953. At the end of the credits, the movie is dedicated to the memory of those who died in the post-war earthquake of 1953. The DVD commentary also mentions the correct date. See more »


Iannis: Sometimes it is better to lose than to have so much blood on your hands.
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Referenced in Man Down: The Phant (2015) See more »


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Please read the book instead.
1 February 2003 | by (Knoxville, TN) – See all my reviews

Ok, it's a given that you cannot make a good movie from a good book. (Unless you make it a trilogy :-) But comparing the book Corelli's Mandolin to this movie it's clear how much has to be cut to fit a screenplay. The book is very funny in places, romantic (of course), dramatic. What's left of it in the film is inexplicable romance -- as other reviewers have remarked, it's unclear why she falls in love with the italian while her betrothed is still around, and I have no idea why this was changed from the book -- and some gratuitous gunning and bombing scenes, more than in the book which derives its power from not hammering on the obvious points. Whole characters are cut: Carlo has maybe 10 seconds screen time, while in the book he has a whole story line that runs several chapters.

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