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When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 5.8/10 (18,071 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: John Madden

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt

In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion.

Writers: Shawn Slovo, Louis de Bernières

Penélope Cruz - Pelagia
John Hurt - Dr. Iannis
Christian Bale - Mandras
Irene Papas - Drosoula
Gerasimos Skiadaressis - Mr. Stamatis
Aspasia Kralli - Mrs. Stamatis
Mihalis Giannatos - Kokolios
Dimitris Kaberidis - Father Aresenios (as Dimitris Kamperidis)
Pietro Sarubbi - Velisarios, The Strongman (as Pedro Sarubbi)
Viki Maragaki - Eleni, Pelagia's Friend
Joanna-Daria Adraktas - Young Lemoni
Ira Tavlaridis - Older Lemoni
Katerina Didaskalou - Lemoni's Mother
Emilios Chilakis - Dimitris
Nikos Karathanos - Spiros


Official Website: Bac Films [France] (French) | Buena Vista Int. (UK) (Flash only) |

Release Date: 17 August 2001

Filming Locations: Kefallonia island, Greece

Box Office Details

Budget: $57,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,722,799 (UK) (6 May 2001) (379 Screens)

Gross: $62,112,895 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Writer Louis de Bernières rewrote the book approximately 35 times to ensure he had got details told to him by locals as accurate as possible.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Captain Corelli says "Mussolini has surrendered to America and Britain, not Germany". Benito Mussolini didn't surrender to anybody; he was arrested by his fellow Fascist Party Council members, supported by some Italian Generals and the King of Italy. After he was rescued by Adolf Hitler's SS commandos, he continued to fight the allies.

Iannis: What on earth you think you are doing?
Corelli: I'm feeling the orchestra.

User Review

Please read the book instead.


Ok, it's a given that you cannot make a good movie from a good book. (Unless you make it a trilogy :-) But comparing the book Corelli's Mandolin to this movie it's clear how much has to be cut to fit a screenplay. The book is very funny in places, romantic (of course), dramatic. What's left of it in the film is inexplicable romance -- as other reviewers have remarked, it's unclear why she falls in love with the italian while her betrothed is still around, and I have no idea why this was changed from the book -- and some gratuitous gunning and bombing scenes, more than in the book which derives its power from not hammering on the obvious points. Whole characters are cut: Carlo has maybe 10 seconds screen time, while in the book he has a whole story line that runs several chapters.