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Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France

UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Flag of the United States.jpg United States

Directed by John Madden
Release Date May 4, 2001
Language English
Distributor Universal Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Captain Antonio Corelli Nicolas Cage
Pelagia Penélope Cruz
Dr. Iannis John Hurt
Mandras Christian Bale
Captain Günther Weber David Morrissey
Drosoula Irene Papas
Colonel Johannes Barge Patrick Malahide

Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a 2001 war drama directed by John Madden and based on the novel by Louis de Bernières. Doctor's daughter Pelagia and fisherman Mandras fall in love with each other in the untouched idyll of Kefalonia. But her love is disturbed by the Second World War and the invasion of Italian troops. Mandras joins the resistance and she stays alone. But then she meets the Italian officer Antonio Corelli, who kindles a new love in her. The two approach each other but soon threatens new trouble. After the Italians decided in 1943 not to fight on the side of the Germans, there is a conflict between the former allies.

The following weapons were used in the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin:


Beretta M1934

The Italian officers, including Captain Antonio Corelli (Nicolas Cage), are armed with Beretta Modello 34. Dr. Iannis (John Hurt) gives a Mod. 34 to Pelagia (Penelope Cruz) for her personal defense.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Pelagia points her Mod 34.
Captain Corelli discharges the pistol.

Luger P08

Captain Gunther Weber (David Morrissey) carries a Luger P08 as his sidearm.

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
Captain Weber is desperate as he tries to pull the trigger.


Moschetto Carcano Mod. 91/38 Cavalleria

Italian soldiers of the 33ª Divisione fanteria "Acqui" (33rd Mountain Infantry Division Acqui) and Carabinieri units (military police) are correctly armed with Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine and artillery/cavalry bandoleers. Like most of the weapons in the movie, partisans are armed with this rifle. Captain Antonio Corelli (Nicolas Cage) is seen with a Carcano rifle when German troops attack the Italian division.

Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine with folded bayonet - 6.5x52mm
Division Acqui (left) and Carabinieri (right) march with the Carcano Cavalry Carbines.
Carlo is walking with his Carcano.
Italian troops drop their rifles after surrendering..
Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage) comes to the fight with a Carcano (who later became a MAB).
A soldier fires his Carcano.

Carcano Moldello 91

Some Italian troops are seen to use Carcano Modello 91 rifles. The 91 was the main rifle of the Italian infantry since 1891 (when he replaced the Vetterli) until the Second World War. Excluding the troops that specifically required a shorter rifle, the 91 long rifle equipped the majority of the Italian army during both world wars. It should be noted that soldiers carrying Carcano Mod. 91 "long rifle" are correctly equipped with belt, pouches and bayonet scabbard, instead of the bandolier (seen on members of the Acqui Division), issued only to the troops who use Carcano cavalry carabines with integrated bayonets.

Carcano M91 Long Rifle - 6.5x52mm
Two soldiers shoot the Carcano long rifle.
A soldier behind Captain Corelli is seen holding a 91.

Karabiner 98k

Wehrmacht and partisans are mainly armed with K98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldier fires his K98k.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*

A partisan is armed with Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British
A Partisan oversees the arrival of Captain Corelli.

Lee-Speed Sporter

Before choosing a MAB, Mandras (Christian Bale) weapon was a Lee-Speed Sporter.

Two well-preserved specimens of Lee-Speed Sporters

Submachine Guns

MAB Model 38A

Italian infantry, Carabinieri and partisans, including Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage) and Mandras (Christian Bale), use Moschetto Automatico Beretta 38 SMGs. This is not entirely correct, because the weapon was mainly reserved for special forces or police units (like Carabinieri or Royal Guardia di Finanza in the case of Cephalonia) and only small part to infantry divisions. However, before the Royal Italian Army was moved to the Eastern Front and Balkan Campaign, Beretta Factory gave the soldiers the chance to buy MAB 38 privately, it was twice the salary of a month.

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm
Partisans enter in the Italian small arms depot.
Mandras (Christian Bale) fires his MAB on the Germans.
Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage) tries to defend from German attack.
An Acqui division soldier shoots a MAB in the final battle.


The soldier who threatened Captain Corelli is armed with a MP38.

The MP38. The sub-machine gun of the German Military Before 1940. It was still used in small quantities in 1941 and 1942.
Note the scoring on the top.


Many of the Wehrmacht soldiers are armed with MP40.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German soldier checks Italians as they leave their weapons.

Machine Guns

Breda Modello 37

Italians use Breda Modello 37 heavy machineguns. This is historically correct, but Model 37s would have to be accompanied by a considerable number of Model 30s.

Breda Modello 37 - 8x59mm RB Breda
Mandras (Christian Bale) takes a Breda 37 for the partisans.
Italian soldiers fire the Model 37.


German soldiers use MG42s during the hostilities.

MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser
Two Wehrmacht gunners armed with MG42s.


Tellermine 42

Greek partisans use some Tellermine 42 mines.

Tellermine 42 Anti-tank mine
A Tellermine being buried by Mandras.

10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 40

Italian soldiers use German 10.5 cm Feldhaubitze/Gebirgshaubitze 40 Howitzers to defend the island.

Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40 field gun displayed in Hämeenlinna Artillery Museum - 105mm
A howitzer before pulverized by a Stuka dive bomber.
Another howitzer under fire.
Italian withdraw the howitzer.

Oerlikon 20mm Cannon

An Oerlikon 20mm Cannon can be seen mounted on German landing craft.

Oerlikon Cannon - 20mm.
The Oerlikon mounted on the left ship.

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