DVD 131 mins IMDB 5.8 (6,537 votes)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Buena Vista (2001)
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Drama, Romance, War
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Nicolas Cage Captain Corelli
Penélope Cruz Pelagia
John Hurt Dr. Iannis
Christian Bale Mandras
Irene Papas Drosoula
Aspasia Kralli Mrs. Stamatis
Michael Yannatos Kokolios (as Mihalis Giannatos)
Dimitris Kaberidis Father Aresenios (as Dimitris Kamperidis)
Pietro Sarubbi Velisarios, The Strongman (as Pedro Sarubbi)
David Morrissey Capt. Weber
Patrick Malahide Col. Barge
Gerassimos Skiadaressis Stamatis
Gerasimos Skiadaressis Mr. Stamatis
Viki Maragaki Eleni, Pelagia's Friend
Joanna-Daria Adraktas Young Lemoni
Ira Tavlaridis Older Lemoni
Katerina Didaskalu Lemoni's Mother (as Katerina Didaskalou)
Emilios Chilakis Dimitris
Penelope Cruz

Director John Madden
Producer Tim Bevan; Eric Fellner; Mark Huffam; Kevin Loader
Writer Louis de Bernières; Shawn Slovo
Cinematography John Toll
Musician Stephen Warbeck
User Credit 1 Mick Audsley
User Credit 2 Alexandra Byrne

Louis de Bernieres' 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 Pappas) and the woman he loves, Pelagia (Penelope 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. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 025192137822
Region Region 1
Chapters 18
Release Date 3/4/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Some violence, sexuality and language.
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Trivia: Was originally to be directed by Roger Michell, but he had to drop the assignment after suffering a heart attack. (more)

Goofs: Factual errors: A radio broadcast announces that the allies haven taken Rome. This leads to Italy dropping out of the war and the fighting between the Italians and Germans. Italy actually surrendered in September 1943 after Sicily was taken by the allies. Rome did not fall until June 1944 long after all of Captain Corelli's men were dead. (more)

Quotes: Corelli: I have always found something in life worth singing about and for that I cannot apologize. (more)

Awards: 4 nominations (more)