Captain Corelli's Mandolin
R
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

The beautiful Greek island of Cephallonia during World War II provides a breathtaking backdrop for this love story. The remote island has been untouched by the war in Europe until occupied by a company of Italian soldiers led by fun-loving, mandolin player Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage). Immediately he eyes the beautiful Pelagia (Penelope Cruz), who lives with her father, Dr. Iannis (John Hurt), but soon learns she is engaged to local fisherman Mandras (Christian Bale). The captain and his soldiers win over their Greek captives by entertaining them with their singing and dancing. The captain always carries his mandolin rather than firearms and insists that his men treat the Greeks with respect. Mandras goes off to war, promising Pelagia they will marry when he returns. Disaster and tragedy soon follow, however, when German soldiers appear, forcing the Italians to surrender their arms. The scenery alone is worth the price of admission, but CAPTAIN CORELLIS MANDOLIN, with its story of wartime heroism and romance, will appeal primarily to adults.

Surprisingly, uneducated, unsophisticated Mandras matures into a forgiving, caring young man who saves the life of the man who steals his true loves heart. Dr. Iannis understands his daughters turmoil of whether to honor her commitment or follow her heart and explains the difference of being in love and loving. The fun-loving Italian soldiers bring with them an assortment of party girls to satisfy their sexual needs. Bare-breasted young women join the men on the beach, laughing, singing and caressing while the townspeople look on disapprovingly. However, the film contains only one sex scene, which includes fleeting breast nudity. The holiday atmosphere quickly deteriorates when the Germans double cross their Italian allies with brutal, bloody machine gun slaughters. The body of a Greek girl hung for betraying her countrymen is also gruesome. Except for the f-word used three times in a comical scene, CAPTAIN CORELLIS MANDOLIN has no foul language. Those, plus excessive gore, breast nudity and one brief sex scene prevent a positive rating for this well-meaning, heartfelt love story.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Few (3) times - F-word
Profanity: None
Violence: Several times Moderate and Severe (graphic battle scenes, many machine gun slaughters of unarmed men, gory bloody wounds shown, man injured by rocks, earthquake destroys much of town)
Sexual Intercourse: Once (unmarried couple with brief nudity)
Nudity: Few times (breast nudity in sex scene, topless prostitutes on beach, injured mans bare buttocks exposed)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Soldiers cavort with prostitutes on beach, couples kissing passionately few times
Drug Abuse: Alcohol drinking by soldiers
Other: Themes of forgiveness, heroism, sacrifice
Running Time: 129 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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