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"Captain Corelli's Mandolin"
Director: John Madden
Stars: Nicholas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Christian Bale, John Hurt
What happened: This is one of those in hindsight that just looks like a parody of Oscar bait. I think I might have even walked out of it. It was based on a respected novel, Madden was fresh off the Best Picture Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love," Nicolas Cage had not yet gone full Cage (though even as a Coppola, he was impossible to take here as an Italian officer), Penélope Cruz was an on-the-rise talent, Christian Bale! It had a lot of the trappings but just landed with a splat.
- Kristopher Tapley