Dare Daniel Episodes

“Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” Podcast Movie Review

Nicolas Cage and his mandolin in Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Dare Daniel: Cage Match – Round 6

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2011; Dir.: John Madden) – Episode 129

“It’s a beautifully designed vehicle with no engine.”

Daniel and Corky lose their zest for life after watching the badly miscast Nicolas Cage play the titular hero of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Despite the beautiful locale and an impressive cast, we’re never given a compelling reason to care about any element of this tedious and soulless awards-grubber. Even the mandolin doesn’t matter!

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss patricide humor, unintentional chemistry and mandolin perverts.


U.S. theatrical debut: Aug. 17, 2011

Worldwide box office: $62 million (production budget: $57 million)

Critics scores: 28 on Rotten Tomatoes; 36 on Metacritic

IMDB synopsis: “When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander.”

This week’s referenced movies: TrespassJiu JitsuSonnyVampire’s KissShakespeare in LoveLegends of the FallBraveheartThe Cider House RulesThe English PatientThe Man for All SeasonsCatch-22The HandmaidenThe Red ViolinAmerican PsychoBatman movies; All Quiet on the Western FrontCold MountainDancin’: It’s On!The Godfather Part IIWhen Harry Met SallyThe Steel HelmetCabaretScent of a WomanVanilla SkyRevolution


Theatrical trailer for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Mandras and Pelagia

“Bella bambina!”

Follow Dare Daniel on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to listen, rate, review and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Listen Notes, Google Podcasts, Castbox and more. New episodes every other Tuesday! Please help support the show by clicking the Donate button on the homepage or find “Support the Show” in the main menu.

Read more of Daniel’s movie reviews at Dare Daniel and Rotten Tomatoes.

1 reply »

  1. I remember trying to make it through this movie. Even Penelope Cruz couldn’t keep me awake. I think I fell asleep around hour 7.