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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
Emilios Chilakis 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) »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English | Greek | German | Italian

Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mandolina del capitán Corelli See more »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, and Christian Bale; and one Oscar nominee: Sir John Hurt. 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 »

Quotes

Pelagia: I wrote to you every day. A hundred letters... and not a single reply.
Mandras: [takes out her letters from his coat] I never learned... to read or write.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Road Trip to Harvard (2001) See more »

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The Tango
Written by Stephen Warbeck
Performed by Nick Ingman and Orchestra
(p) 2001 Decca Music Group Limited
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Ambitious project falls slightly short
10 March 2002 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

As is often the case when you attempt to take a 400 plus page book and cram it into a two hour film, a lot is lost. Here director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) takes on an extremely ambitious project and almost pulls it off. What we get is a charming and emotionally compelling film that seems somehow incomplete.

There is much about this film that is wonderful and fantastic. The cinematography by John Toll (Cinematographer for Braveheart and Legends of the Fall, winning Oscars for both) is splendid. Working with Madden, the choices for locations on the Greek island of Kefallonia are superb and the visual images that come from photographing these majestic locations in varying light are lush and beautiful. Madden also uses numerous Greek actors as the townspeople, giving the town an authentic feel. The soundtrack is also terrific and the mandolin passages and vocals by the Italian soldiers are marvelous.

Madden does an excellent job of bringing us the Italian occupation and the romance, which take up the greater part of the film. There are numerous sweet and funny moments throughout this segment. However, by the time the serious battle drama is ready to unfold, there isn't much film left in the reel and this component is extremely rushed and abbreviated. While the battle scenes are well done, subsequent to the battle it is obvious that increasingly greater compromises are being made to keep the film from running too long. By the time we reach the post war scenes, the treatment is merely skeletal. Another negative is that the DVD is particularly sparse on features.

Nicholas Cage is charming in the romantic lead as the sentimental Captain who seems to have joined the army to sing rather than fight. When fight he must, Cage switches gears seamlessly into a man of fierce principle and resolve and somehow remains believable in both personas.

Penelope Cruz, whom the camera loves, gives an uninspired performance as Pelagia. In part this is because Cage so dominates the screen, but Cruz just seems too placid in a part that should be emotionally torrential and dynamic. She allows the character to be objectified as Corelli's love interest rather than establishing her as a powerful character in her own right.

John Hurt gives a fantastic performance as the wise old doctor, who knows as much about human nature as medicine. However, Christian Bale seems a bit overwrought and stiff as Pelagia's fiancé.

I rated this film an 8/10. Despite some drawbacks, this is a touching film that is well worth seeing. The photography alone is worth the price of admission.


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