15 certificateCaptain Corelli's Mandolin is a Film programme that first aired in 2001 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a 3 star programme

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

Directed by
John Madden

This wartime drama - about the romance that develops between a show-off Italian captain (Nicolas Cage, pictured)and a strong-willed Greek woman (Penélope Cruz, pictured) during the Italian occupation of Cephalonia - is based on the best-selling novel by Louis de Bernieres. The tranquillity of the Mediterranean island is shattered when the horror of war arrives, and the couple's love is put to the test as they are forced to choose between their countries and their feelings for one another.

With such strong material to draw on it should have been a superb film, but sadly it's quite a letdown. Director John Madden creates a sugary-safe, picture-postcard treatment of the tale, which is bad enough, but things are made considerably worse by some very dodgy accents all round, especially from Cage.

Worth a look, but definitely not a classic.

Written by

Also known as "La Mandolina del Capitán Corelli"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 135 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2001

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK/France/USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Nicolas CageNicolas Cage...Cap. Corelli
Image for Penélope CruzPenélope Cruz...Pelagia
Image for John HurtJohn Hurt...Dr. Iannis
Image for Christian BaleChristian Bale...Mandras
Mihalis Giannatos...Kokolios
Irene Papas...Drosoula
Gerasimos Skiadaressis...Mr. Stamatis
Aspasia Kralli...Mrs. Stamatis
Michael Yannatos...Kokolios
Dimitris Kaberidis...Father Aresenios
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