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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 <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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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 »


Corelli: I have always found something in life worth singing about and for that I cannot apologize.
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Referenced in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) See more »


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The film is a true depiction of went on in Cephallonia during the war and after.
7 May 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Being Of Cephallonian descent, I was happily surprised when watching the movie. I have heard the true history from my relatives that still live in Cephalonia, but when watching the movie and reading the book the sketchy bits of history were filled. It is all true, the Italians would sing, the oppression and the earthquakes that rock the island so often. The earthquake in 1953 killed my great grandfather and the book and movie both portray the feeling of the era with great compassion. If you haven't seen the movie go and watch it and read the book, it is not only a love story, and yes, there were plenty of Italians in love with Cephallonian women, in fact, boat loads of Cephallonian women were taken to Italy after the war, it is a true depiction of history.

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