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29th May 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin 15 cert camera  

Director: John Madden
Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, Christian Bale, Martin Glyn Murray, Piero Maggio, John Hurt, David Morrissey, Irene Pappas, Patrick Malahide
Length: 129 minutes
4th May 2001

John Sinclair

John Sinclair - Reviewer
John Sinclair reviews Captain Corelli's Mandolin

One of my favourite romantic comedies is Moonstruck which also stars Nicholas Cage and therefore I was prepared to once again witness the lighter side of the actor, who is  better known for his action adventures ...   

However in this film I was somewhat sceptical of his Italian accent, and amused by at the sight of him singing opera! Cage plays Captain Antonio Corelli  who’s part of the Italian presence on the once tranquil Greek Island of Cephalonia  in World War 2, but he’s seen no action and is more at home playing his mandolin, and singing well known opera’s with his battalion buddies. Doesn't sound too exciting does it? 

"I'd only heard about this film two days before seeing it, and found it to be delightful"

John Sinclair
BBC Leicester Reviewer
But this is a warm, funny and captivating movie that draws you into the characters, and benefits from the wonderful location. John Hurt is an immediate presence as the village doctor, and it his daughter Pelagia (Penelope Cruz) who provides the love interest.

She becomes engaged to a local man who goes off to fight, and once Corelli is sent to live with the family the love triangle begins to unfold. There’s action too, as the Italians learn of Mussolini’s surrender, and the Germans become the Greeks captors, and that of the disillusioned Italians.

One battle scene is brilliantly observed, with the much more organised Germans quickly overwhelming the local resistance. There’s also the interesting conflict that one German officer faces when after building a relationship with the Italian’s he’s forced to deal with them as enemies.

Nicolas Cage

A happy Captain Antonio Corelli
I’d only heard about this film two days before seeing it, and found it to be delightful…Cage was as watch able as ever despite the accent, and Cruz was stunning as she dealt with the problem of choosing between the two men in her life.

Romantics will enjoy the ending, although I’m told the novel on which the film is based by Louis de Bernieres ends less so … but then this is feel good Hollywood fare, and I for one would forgive them on this occasion.

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