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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander.

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Mr. Stamatis
Aspasia Kralli ...
Mrs. Stamatis
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Kokolios
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Father Aresenios (as Dimitris Kamperidis)
Pietro Sarubbi ...
Velisarios, The Strongman (as Pedro Sarubbi)
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Eleni, Pelagia's Friend
Joanna-Daria Adraktas ...
Young Lemoni
Ira Tavlaridis ...
Older Lemoni
Katerina Didaskalou ...
Lemoni's Mother
Emilios Chilakis ...
Dimitris
Nikos Karathanos ...
Spiros
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Storyline

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 <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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greek | italian | captain | island | love | See All (132) »

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,722,799 (United Kingdom), 6 May 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,209,345, 19 August 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,543,895

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,112,895
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2.35 : 1
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Writer Louis de Bernières re-wrote the book approximately thirty-five times, to ensure he had got details told to him by locals as accurate as possible. See more »

Goofs

The German soldier's submachine gun was not able to fire at the start of the execution scene as it was not cocked. The piston was in its forward position making firing impossible. See more »

Quotes

Corelli: I tried to live without you. I tried to make myself believe I could live without you.
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Connections

Referenced in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

O'Mio Babbino Caro
Music by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini ) and lyrics by Giovacchino Forzano (as Forzano)
Performed by Nicolas Cage
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Sensitive portraits, historically faithful
17 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

A beautiful, sensitive film that brings home the futility and cruelty of wars no matter what the so-called reasons. The performance of Cage and Cruz were quite impressive, but it is to the older Greek characters that go the highest praises. Irene Papas is as gorgeous as ever! Though some scenes seems a little long at times, this film will be a heavy Oscar contender.


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