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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

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

Director:

John Madden

Writers:

Shawn Slovo (screenplay), Louis de Bernières (novel)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Pelagia
John Hurt ... Dr. Iannis
Christian Bale ... Mandras
Irene Papas ... Drosoula
Gerasimos Skiadaressis ... Mr. Stamatis
Aspasia Kralli Aspasia Kralli ... Mrs. Stamatis
Mihalis Giannatos ... Kokolios
Dimitris Kaberidis ... Father Aresenios (as Dimitris Kamperidis)
Pietro Sarubbi ... Velisarios, The Strongman (as Pedro Sarubbi)
Viki Maragaki ... Eleni, Pelagia's Friend
Joanna-Daria Adraktas Joanna-Daria Adraktas ... Young Lemoni
Ira Tavlaridis Ira Tavlaridis ... Older Lemoni
Katerina Didaskalou Katerina Didaskalou ... Lemoni's Mother
Aimilios Heilakis ... 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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Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 movie 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 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

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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Connections

Featured in David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Ricordo Ancor
(Pelagia's Song)
Written by Stephen Warbeck and Paco Reconti (as Reconti)
Performed by Russell Watson
Courtesy of Decca Music Group
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Sorry but what a disappointment!
2 December 2001 | by mancuniaSee all my reviews

Not having read the book but being assured by many that it was great, I had high hopes for this film especially with the great cast list. But I'm sorry to say how disappointed I was with it.

The acting was pretty poor with notable exceptions from the lovely Ms Cruise, sorry Cruz and Britain's own David Morrissey. Not only did Nic Cage have a terrible Italian accent,(and he was not the only one to commit accent crimes, Christian Bale you should be ashamed of yourself) but he was totally miscast. I couldn't imagine anyone falling in love with this buffoon! He should stick to the kooky types he's so good at.

The Italian stereotype was played to extraordinary lengths, opera singing, cigarette hungry, "bella bambina" chasers, and to complete the stereotypes we even had the sympathetic Nazi! I don't know how the book dealt with these characters, but I bet it was a whole lot different!

In its favour it did get more interesting by the time those ever reliable bad guys the Nazis moved in but by then I was past caring.

A real shame.


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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | Greek | German | Italian

Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,209,345, 19 August 2001

Gross USA:

$25,543,895

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,112,895
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2.35 : 1
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