Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Director: John Madden Cast: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt

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Louis de Bernières' best-selling novel of love during wartime is brought to the screen in this story that blends comedy, action, and romance. In 1940, war rages throughout Europe, but the fighting has yet to arrive on the Greek island of Cephallonia, where life continues to follow its own slow, deliberate path until word arrives that Italian troops have invaded neighboring Albania. A wave of anti-Axis patriotism sweeps the island, and Mandras (Christian Bale), a local fisherman, is one of a handful of men who volunteer for the army, leaving behind his aging mother (Irene Papas) and the woman he loves, Pelagia (Penélope Cruz), the daughter of the island's physician, Dr. Iannis (John Hurt). The timing of Mandras and his compatriots proves less than fortuitous, as Italian troops invade Greece in their absence, but the remaining leaders of the island issue an ultimatum -- the people of Cephallonia will surrender, but only to a ranking German officer. Since none of the available German officers can speak a word of Greek, an Italian soldier fluent in the language, Capt. Antonio Corelli (Nicholas Cage), is sent in to serve as translator. Corelli stays on with the Greek occupation forces, and he soon finds himself falling in love with beautiful Pelagia, who believes that Mandras was killed in the fighting in Albania. But as romance slowly blooms between the Italian soldier and the Greek girl, Mandras and a handful of surviving soldiers have joined a guerilla resistance faction, and they join up with Allied forces in a bid to retake Greece; soon, Pelagia must choose between the two men she loves, as the Greeks battle both the Italian occupation troops and German soldiers who have been sent in to replace them. Captain Corelli's Mandolin was directed by John Madden; the project originally began shooting with Roger Michell, but Michell was forced to resign from the film after he suffered a heart attack.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2018
UPC: 0191329053881
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Universal Mod
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 24,382

Special Features

Feature commentary with director John Madden; Russell Watson "Ricordo Anchor (Pelagia's Song)" music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Capt. Antonio Corelli
Penélope Cruz Pelagia
John Hurt Dr. Iannis
Christian Bale Mandras
David Morrissey Capt. Weber
Irene Papas Drosoula
Patrick Malahide Col. Barge
Gerassimos Skiadaressis Stamatis

Technical Credits
John Madden Director
Jo Allen Makeup
Mick Audsley Editor
Tim Bevan Producer
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Liza Chasin Co-producer
Jim Clay Production Designer
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Eric Fellner Producer
Jane Frazer Co-producer
Garry Freeman Art Director
Debra Hayward Co-producer
Mark Huffam Producer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin Loader Producer
Adrian Rhodes Sound/Sound Designer
Shaila Rubin Casting
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Mary Selway Casting
Shawn Slovo Screenwriter
John Toll Cinematographer
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
A simply wonderful movie charactarized by extremely succesful cinematogrpahy combined with great performances by the three leading actors Cage, Cruz, and Hurt. The plot is very deep and the love story that gradualy develops is easily absorbed from the screen. The movie does a great job of portraying life on Mediterranean island exposing its simplicity and the great beauty that lies at its core.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read the book and recommended it to everyone I know I was excited to see the story on screen. The movie captures the emotions of the islanders beautifully and shows the love-hate relationship with the occupying soldiers. The movie captures well the feelings of betrayal felt by islanders and soldiers at different stages of the war. The director's commentary on the DVD gave a fascinating insight and was a chilling reminder of the destructiveness of war and the forces of nature itself. I'm not the biggest Nicolas Cage fan and I'd hate to know from an Italian how good or bad his accent was but he was credible in the role. In general the casting was very good and the use of so many locals who lived through the actual events makes it particularly vivid.