Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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Released 2001

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Director:
John Madden
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (The Family Man) and sexy Penélope Cruz (Vanilla Sky) electrify the screen in this romance from the director of Shakespeare in Love. Cage stars as Captain Antonio Corelli, an Italian officer whose company of soldiers is sent to Cephallonia, a beautiful Greek island untouched by war. A free spirit with a passion for music and romance, Corelli is enchanted by Cephallonia and its people - especially Pelagia (Penélope Cruz), the gorgeous, proud daughter of the island's doctor (John Hurt). Engaged to a local fisherman (Christian Bale), Pelagia resists Corelli's attentions, but the kind and charming captain weakens her defenses. Surrendering their hearts, Corelli and Pelagia begin a heated affair. But before love can grow, the war crashes on Cephallonia's shores, forcing Corelli and Pelagia to make dangerous sacrifices for country and home...and risk losing each other forever.

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Metacritic Score

  • 40

    Variety Derek Elley

    Strikes too many false notes on the dramatic side to add up to a satisfying emotional experience.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Given the polyglot nature of the cast, with actors from at least five countries taking their best shots at the English language, it's unclear why Cage felt he needed an accent or, ...

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As the movie methodically plods forward on a screenplay (by Shawn Slovo) consisting entirely of clichés and watered-down exposition, it becomes sadly apparent that its only reliab...

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