Tea With Mussolini

Tea With Mussolini

Director: Franco Zeffirelli Cast: Cher, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright


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Based in part on his autobiography, director Franco Zeffirelli's Tea With Mussolini is a drama with comic accents about a group of British and American travelers on an indefinite visit to Italy in 1935, when, as one character puts it, "Mussolini was just a man who made the trains run on time." Luca (played by Charlie Lucas) is a boy living in Florence whose family situation is precarious at best; his mother has died and his father has little time for him. Fortunately, he's a welcome guest with Mary (Joan Plowright), a English woman visiting Italy to soak up European culture. Mary and her friends -- high-toned Lady Hester (Maggie Smith), pretentious Arabella (Judi Dench), American art collector Elsa (Cher) and cheerful lesbian Georgie (Lily Tomlin) -- enjoy the cultured, creative atmosphere of life in Italy, and their initial response to the rise of fascism is to arrange a polite meeting with Mussolini to make sure he and his soldiers mean well. After some time, Luca's father becomes concerned that the boy is soaking up too much British influence and enrolls him in a boarding school in Austria; by the time 1940 rolls around, situations have changed radically for everyone.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2000
UPC: 0027616791733
Original Release: 1999
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cher Elsa
Judi Dench Arabella
Joan Plowright Mary
Maggie Smith Hester
Lily Tomlin Georgie
Baird Wallace Luca (teenager)
Charlie Lucas Luca (child)
Massimo Ghini Paolo
Paolo Seganti Vittorio
Paul Checquer Wilfred
Tessa Pritchard Connie
Mino Bellei Cesare
Claudio Spadaro Mussolini

Technical Credits
Franco Zeffirelli Director,Screenwriter
Anna Anni Costumes/Costume Designer
Tariq Anwar Editor
Stefano Arnaldi Score Composer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Centolavigna Art Director
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects Supervisor
Ermanno Daelli Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Mirta Guarnaschelli Casting
Alessandro Loy Production Manager
Gioia Fiorella Mariani Art Director
Mark Moriarty Camera Operator
John Mortimer Screenwriter
L. Justin Muller Asst. Director
Clive Parsons Producer
Pippo Pisciotto Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
Alberto Spiazzi Costumes/Costume Designer
Emma Style Casting
Roberto Tatti Asst. Director
Riccardo Tozzi Producer
Alessio Vlad Score Composer
David Watkin Cinematographer
Giovannella Zannoni Producer

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Tea With Mussolini 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Katla More than 1 year ago
Ladies, ladies, ladies... You have done it! A marvellous cast. A fun and interesting story/script. Costumes that supports not only the overall story but also the stories of each woman as she goes through both a common and an individual journey. A film that has been overlooked by many - and what a shame. Great acting should never be overlooked or ignored and in Tea with Mussolini you get just that... Great acting. It truly IS like a noce cup of tea... One of which you want more so you keep pouring the same cup over and over again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very beautiful movie with great actresses in it. Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and of course Cher before she became weird. The story of a boy who grows up being raised by his father's secretary, an old lady who has to let him go because his father wants him to learn German in time for WWII. He comes back and the tale continues with love, betrayal, and some very funny and brilliant performances by Maggie Smith who believes that Mussolini is taking care of her and has everyone's best interests at heart. A truly heart-warming film! Highly reccommended.