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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001, Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz)

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Nicolas Cage stars as the eponymous Corelli, leader of the Italian invasion force that control the Greek island of Cephalonia. Billeted with the local doctor (John Hurt) he falls in love with his daughter (Penelope Cruz), even though she is engaged to resistance fighter Mandras (Christian Bale).

Slowly, his feelings are returned but their life and love is disrupted when the Italians surrender to the Allies. Should Corelli and his men join with the Germans and continue to resist or join the Greek resistance against the Nazis? John Madden’s film, based on Louis de Bernieres’ best-selling book is both a touching tale of an unlikely romance and a tense wartime drama.

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USA – France – UK | 131 minutes | 2001

Novel: Luis de Bernieres
Writer: Shawn Solvo
Director: John Madden

cast
Nicolas Cage as Captain Antonio Corelli
Penélope Cruz as Pelagia
Christian Bale as Mandras
John Hurt as Dr. Iannis
David Morrissey as Captain Gunther Weber
Patrick Malahide as Colonel Barge
Irene Papas as Drosoula
Gerasimos Skiadaressis as Mr. Stamatis
Aspasia Kralli as Mrs. Stamatis
Mihalis Giannatos as Kokolios
Dimitris Kaberidis as Father Aresenios
Pietro Sarubbi as Velisarios
Viki Maragaki as Eleni, Pelagia’s Friend
Salvatore Lazzaro as Soldier of La Scala
Nuccio Siano as Soldier of La Scala

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