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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

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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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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

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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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2.35 : 1
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Iannis: When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No....
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Very Watchable
27 May 2001 | by (Chester, UK) – See all my reviews

Unlike many, I have not read the book and so I watched this purely as a film in its own right. I'm not especially keen on romance dramas, and I expected this to be a bit slushy and/or operatic so I was rather hesitant about going to see it in the first place...

But I'm glad I did, because it was good. Beautiful, "feel good" scenery and with a light touch of humour that made it rather more endearing than a straight drama would have been. The romance was gentle, inoffensive and sufficiently interwoven with enough "proper" story-telling to keep my interest, and the score was not too obtrusively operatic.

Overall, the film takes a satisfying circular route from start to finish, inducing a range of emotions as it progresses. It's about 2 hours long, but I didn't find myself fidgeting or looking at my watch once - and that's quite a feat for me!! Very enjoyable.

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