Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

John Madden (2001)

15 Certificate


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.



Cast & Crew

Captain Antonio Corelli Nicolas Cage
Pelagia Penélope Cruz
Dr Iannis John Hurt
Mandras Christian Bale
Captain Gunther Weber David Morrissey
Drosoula Irene Papas
Stamatis Gerasimos Skiadaresis
Mrs Stamatis Aspasia Kralli
Kokolios Michalis Giannatos
Father Arsenios Dimitris Kamperidis
Velisarios, the strongman Pedro Sarubbi
Eleni, Pelagia's friend Viki Maragaki
Director John Madden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 4 May 2001