Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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In 1940, on the Greek island of Cephalonia, Pelagia (Cruz) defies the wishes of her father Dr Iannis to become engaged to the fiercely patriotic fisherman Mandras, who enlists to fight the Italians in Albania. Though the letters she writes to her fiancé receive no reply, she firmly resists overtures from Capt Antonio Corelli (Cage), a music-loving bon viveur of sophistication, kindness and charm billeted at Iannis' house when the Italians occupy the island - at least, until attraction gets the better of her. But this is war: loyalty, betrayal and hatred run deep. What fans of Louis de Bernières' bestseller will make of this glossy period romance will depend partly on their reactions to the changes made by Shawn Slovo's screenplay - notably, the elimination of a gay subplot and a lightening of tone. Cage makes a decent stab at the rather implausibly fine Corelli, Hurt is his reliable self as Iannis, and Bale is mostly effective as the troubled Mandras; Cruz, however, neither looks Greek, nor brings much depth to her role. The film's perfectly watchable, but it's never more than that.
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Release details

UK release:

2001

Duration:

129 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

John Madden

Cast:

Vicki Maragaki, Irene Papas, David Morrissey, Christian Bale, John Hurt, Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz

Music:

Stephen Warbeck

Production Designer:

Jim Clay

Editor:

Mick Audsley

Cinematography:

John Toll

Screenwriter:

Shawn Slovo

Producer:

Mark Huffam, Kevin Loader, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan

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tucker

For romantics a wonderful film, perfectly cast. This one will linger in your memories for a while.

andy

unfairly slagged, i found this film totally captivating,fact that it is actually fact based ( however loosely )adds greatly to a great film

andy

unfairly slagged, i found this film totally captivating,fact that it is actually fact based ( however loosely )adds greatly to a great film