Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

John Madden (2001)

126min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Playing fast and loose with a much loved novel is not a crime in itself, but Louis de Bernières's surprise bestseller about an Italian-then Nazi-occupied Greek island during the Second World War was so much more than the picture-postcard love story depicted here. Director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and cinematographer John Toll (Braveheart) certainly fashion a sumptuous holiday brochure out of Cephalonia, but much of the credit for that must go to the island itself. Meanwhile, a sanitised version of the multilayered book (minus the homosexual subplot that actually makes dramatic sense of one strand of the story) plays out like a carnival of dodgy accents. Nicolas Cage's mandolin-plucking Italian is a cartoon, and the miscast Penélope Cruz plays doctor's daughter Pelagia as a sort of Spanish Greek. (Were no Greek actresses famous or beautiful enough?) Only John Hurt walks away with dignity intact.

Summary

A soldier in the Italian invasion force controlling the Greek island of Kefalonia during the Second World War falls for a local girl, much to the disapproval of the local community, her family and the leader of the island's resistance movement - who happens to be her boyfriend. Romantic drama, adapted from the novel by Louis de Bernieres, starring Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz and Christian Bale.

Cast & Crew

Capt Antonio Corelli Nicolas Cage
Pelagia Penelope Cruz
Mandras Christian Bale
Dr Iannis John Hurt
Capt Gunther Weber David Morrissey
Drosoula Irene Papas
Stamatis Gerasimos Skiadaressis
Mrs Stamatis Aspasia Kralli
Director John Madden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama