Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Synopsis: In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): John Madden
Production: Universal Pictures
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min

This movie and subtitle are rated R for

some violence, sexuality and language.

How long have you

been deaf in this ear?

Since as long

as I can remember.

Shut up!

Keep still while the doctor

is examining you.

I need a fish hook...

...about the right size

for a mullet...

...with a long shank,

and a hammer.

A fish hook?

A hammer?

Here's a fish hook...

...and a hammer.


Now keep still.

A pea.

It is very papilionaceous,

is it not?

He must have stuck it

in his ear when he was a child.

Oh, my God, it's loud.

I mean, everything is loud.

My own voice is loud.

Your deafness is cured.

A very satisfactory operation.

I've had an operation?

Ha! I'm the only person I know

who's had an operation.

It feels as if my whole head...

...has filled up with spring water,

all cold and clear.

Talk some sense when the doctor

has been kind enough to cure you.

All these years

thinking you are deaf.

But now there will be no excuses

when I ask you to remember... collect something

on your way home.

Or to stoke up the fire

before we go to church.

Perhaps now

you will hear me...

...when I say to you,

"Mend the chair, Stamatis."

"Fix the leaking roof, Stamatis."

And now I won't have

to speak so loud...


do you remember our island?

It does not change.

On the feast day

of Saint Gerasimos...

...we still bring our sick

to the holy place...

...and pray that

their suffering may cease.

When Pelagia was a child...

...I promised her that I would

write a history of Cephallonia...

...but somehow I still

have not found the time.

I wanted her to understand

how a land so peaceful...

...could be shattered

by earthquakes and war.

I wanted her to understand

why sometimes the gods bless us...

...and why they sometimes

become angry...

...and shake us,

and fill our lives with pain.

I want her to learn the lesson

that nature teaches us.

That we should not ask

why we are wounded...

...only if the wound

can be healed.

A purely psychological


How do you

explain the miracle?

Can Lenin cure the mad?

Can Stalin heal the afflicted?

It's obvious.

It's a set-up!

To keep people

enslaved to religion.

You don't have to shout.

I'm not deaf.

I want to see the cannon again.

- Yeah!

- Cannon!

All right.

I will need stones

from the street.

As many as you can find.

Be right back.

Ready, children?

Cover your ears.

Ow, that hurts!

Oh, that hurts!

Will he die?

Eventually, one of these days,

like all of us.

Turn over.

Good, strong gluteals.


Tell us about the gluteals.

Please, come closer.

Have a good look.

Fetch your friends.

Everybody's welcome.


Maximus, medius, minimus.

The maximus is the external

surface of the ilium...

...between anterior

and interior gluteal lines.


- Iatre...

- He'll be fine.

They told me you were shot.

I thought I was going to die.

I don't know why you can't

keep out of trouble! I don't know!

Iatre, you should count yourself

lucky you don't have a son.

Boys, they never grow up.

Look at me.


before my time.

- Kalimera, Pelagia.

- Kailmera.

It's too hot.

The fish are all hiding

in the rocks, or...

...keeping cool

at the bottom of the sea.

No, Mandras!

No! Put me down!

Put me down!

There are reports today...

...that a Greek battleship, the Eli has been

torpedoed by an Italian submarine...

...despite the fact that Greece

is not yet involved in the war.

Prime Minister Metaxas has protested

strongly to Mussolini's government in Rome...

...which has denied

responsibility for the attack.

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Shawn Slovo

Shawn Slovo (born 1950) is a screenwriter, best known for the film A World Apart, based on her childhood in South Africa under apartheid. She is the daughter of South African Communist Party leaders Joe Slovo and Ruth First. She wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Catch a Fire (also a historical film about apartheid), and for the 2001 film Captain Corelli's Mandolin.In the late 1970s she served as Robert De Niro's personal assistant while he made the films Raging Bull and The King of Comedy. She also made the screenplay for Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight. Slovo currently lives in London and often works for Working Title Films. Her sister Gillian Slovo is also a writer and her sister Robyn Slovo is a producer. more…

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