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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

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

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Drosoula
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Mr. Stamatis
Aspasia Kralli ...
Mrs. Stamatis
Mihalis Giannatos ...
Kokolios
Dimitris Kaberidis ...
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

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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

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,722,799 (UK) (6 May 2001)

Gross:

$25,543,895 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Roger Michell was originally set to direct, but then suffered a heart attack. John Madden stepped in to replace him. Michell even threw a little Easter egg into his previous film when he was still scheduled to make this one. He had Hugh Grant reading the novel in one scene in Notting Hill (1999). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Iannis: [writing to Corelli] Antonio, I do not know if this letter will reach you, or even if you are alive. Perhaps someone else sent your record, and that is why we found no note. I would like to say that Pelagia is happy, but she is full of tears she will not let fall, and of a grief no doctor can mend. She blames herself for the pain we have suffered, and perhaps the same is true for you. You know I am not a religious man, but I believe this: if there is a wound, we must try to heal it. If there is ...
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After the Dance
by Stephen Warbeck / by Nick Ingman and Orchestra
(p) 2001 Decca Music Group Limited
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Sketchy, Melodramatic and Clichéd
29 January 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

The main problem with 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' is that it focuses primarily on the romance between Corelli and Pelagia and that too is half-baked. What is it that draws Pelagia towards him is too unclear. Is it just his musical talent or his zest? The film is set against the backdrop of a war between the Germans and Italians in a Greek island but the war is given less significance and what we see appears very sketchy. The entire film appears too sketchy, melodramatic and clichéd. Much of it is also historically inaccurate.

On the technical front it is well executed. The cinematography of the beautiful exotic locations is breathtaking. The score is terrific. Where acting is concerned, Penelope Cruz can't seem to lose her Spanish accent (she's playing a Greek character) but her performance is otherwise wonderful. John Hurt and Christian Bale are equally marvelous. Nicolas Cage is a miscast. His Italian accent, energetic personality, overdone non-verbal gestures all yield to a caricature rather than a character.

Perhaps director John Madden was pressured to fit the entire novel into a two hour period and he chose to focus on the romance more to draw a larger crowd. I can't shake the feeling that perhaps someone like Anthony Mingella would have made a better and more complete film of it.


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