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Captain Corelli's Mandolin [DVD] [2001]
Captain Corelli's Mandolin [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Cage

38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the book but good, 6 April 2002
To make a film out of De Bernieres book was always going to be an impossible task. However, the film that did end up being given the title "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" is very good. It is not the book, it does not have many of the characters and most of the sub plots. Nevertheless, it does capture the feelings of the island and the main characters. The film is visually stunning and the acting is not too bad either. Nicolas Cage, who plays Corelli, does have an accent problem but you soon forget it and just enjoy the film. Penelope Cruz (Pelagia) is good and plays her part well. However, John Hurt emerges as the true star in this film. His Greek accent is amazing and his acting superb. Overall, this film is very good and deserves to be watched.


City Of Angels [VHS] [1998]
City Of Angels [VHS] [1998]
VHS

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the tissues ready!, 30 Jan. 2002
I'm usually against remakes of old films, but this is an exception. The original movie was in German and the remake was based loosely on the original. Just when I thought Nicolas Cage has played every type of character possible, he plays an angel. There are many angels roaming the city without people knowing it. They are there to console people or to pick them up when they die. The movie opens with Seth (Nicolas Cage) watching over a sick little girl. He follows her all the way to the hospital where she dies, then he takes her hand and walks her to the "light". He later watches over another patient being operated on by Maggie (Meg Ryan) and during the operation, she stares right at him. He instantly falls in love with her and wishes he could be human to be with her. It turns out the patient she was working on, Messinger (Dennis Franz), was once an angel and knows the secret for an angel to become human. This movie is an excellent romantic movie and Cage is absolutely amazing.


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