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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (film)

Promotional film poster
Directed by John Madden
Produced by Tim Bevan,
Eric Fellner,
Mark Huffam,
Kevin Loader
Written by Novel:
Louis de Bernières
Shawn Slovo
Starring Nicolas Cage
Penélope Cruz
John Hurt
Christian Bale
David Morrissey
Irene Papas
Music by Stephen Warbeck
Cinematography John Toll
Editing by Mick Audsley
Studio StudioCanal
Working Title Films
Distributed by Miramax Films (UK)
Universal Pictures (outside UK)
Release date(s) August 17, 2001
Running time 131 min
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
France France
United States United States
Language English

Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a 2001 film directed by John Madden and based on the novel of the same name by Louis de Bernières. It stars Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz. The film was panned by critics on its release and disappointed fans by deviating somewhat from the plot of the novel, with many of the book's tragic episodes softened.



The idyllic beauty of Greece's Mediterranean islands has been invaded by Italy, bringing legions of soldiers to the once tranquil island of Cephallonia. Captain Antonio Corelli, an officer with an irrepressibly jovial personality and passion for the mandolin, initially alienates a number of the villagers, including Pelagia. The daughter of the village doctor, Pelagia is an educated and strong-willed woman, and while at first offended by the Italian soldier's behaviour, she slowly warms to his certain charms as they are forced to share her father's home.

When Pelagia's fiance, a local fisherman, heads off to war, the friendship between Antonio and Pelagia grows even stronger. Her beauty and intelligence have captured his heart and his fondness for the village's vibrant community causes him to question his reasons for fighting. Antonio becomes a part of the lives of the villagers, but the moment is fleeting. As the war grows ever closer, Antonio and Pelagia are forced to choose between their allegiance to their countries and the love they feel for one another-a love which must overcome tremendous odds, and endure the inevitable sacrifice which accompanies eternal devotion.

Time Line

1940 October 28 Italy invades Greece
1941 April 6 Germany invades Greece
June 1 The Axis forces occupy all of Greece
2 year time span
1943 September 3 Italy and the Allied forces sign an armistice
September 15 The German Luftwaffe bombards the Italian positions with Stuka dive-bombers
10 year time span
1953 August 12 The Great 1953 Ionian Earthquake occurs

Cast and roles

  • Nicolas Cage - Captain Antonio Corelli
  • Penélope Cruz - Pelagia
  • John Hurt - Dr. Iannis
  • Christian Bale - Mandras
  • Irene Papas - Drosoula
  • David Morrissey - Captain Gunther Weber
  • Piero Maggio - Carlo
  • Gerasimos Skiadaressis - Mr. Stamatis
  • Aspasia Kralli - Mrs. Stamatis
  • Michael Yannatos - Kokolios
  • Dimitris Kaberidis - Father Arsenios
  • Pietro Sarubbi - Velisarios, The Strongman
  • Viki Maragaki - Eleni, Pelagia's Friend
  • Joanna-Daria Adraktas - Young Lemoni
  • Ira Tavlaridis - Older Lemoni
  • Katerina Didaskalu - Lemoni's Mother
  • Emilios Chilakis - Dimitris
  • Andrew Simos - Extra/Stuntman


This film is dedicated to the thousands of Italian soldiers executed by German forces on the island in September 1943 and to the people of Cephallonia who were killed in the post-war earthquake.

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