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Tea with Mussolini (1999)



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Taken from a chapter in the autobiography of acclaimed filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, TEA WITH MUSSOLINI is written by British novelist and playwright John Mortimer and Zeffirelli, drawing on the latter's published memoirs. The film tells of Luca Innocenti (born out of wedlock and not officially recognized by his father) and his struggle to assert his independence and find his way into a life of art. The coming-of-age tale is also a haunting evocation of a vanished world: that of the quiet city of Florence on the brink of World War II. Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith portray the eccentric, colorful and strong-willed ladies - called the "Scorpioni" for their biting wit - who, along with a free-spirited American art collector (Cher) and archeologist (Lily Tomlin), raise the youth and fashion him, though Italian, into "a perfect British gentleman."more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, language, brief nudity and some mild violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Mortimer, Franco Zeffirelli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 1999


as Elsa
Judi Dench
as Arabella
Lily Tomlin
as Georgie
Baird Wallace
as Luca (as a teenager)
Charlie Lucas
as Luca (as a child)
Paolo Seganti
as Vittorio
Claudio Spadaro
as Mussolini
Paul Chequer
as Wilfred
Michael Williams
as British Consul
Giselle Mathews
as Elderly Lady
Gianna Giachetti
as Signora Badaloni
Chris Larkin
as Major Gibson
Pino Colizzi
as Dino Grandi
Jackie Basehart
as Count Bernardini
Giacomo Gonnella
as First Carabiniere
Clemente Abete
as Second Carabiniere
Allan Caister Pearce
as American Dealer
Herman Weiskopf
as German Officer
Benedetta Magini
as Giulia Meyer
Ferdinando Ferrini
as Professor Cassuto
Massimo Salvianti
as Leading Fascist
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Critic Reviews for Tea with Mussolini

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (16)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
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A collection of isolated, anecdotal events that are as warmly amusing as they are lacking in narrative drive.

Full Review… | November 10, 2009

The banter, jealousy and cattiness among these charming stereotypes of the Anglo-American lifestyle sweepstakes makes much of this engaging film a winner.

Full Review… | September 10, 2004

Art and suffocating tastefulness are taken as such inherent goods in [this film] that they utterly overwhelm the real people whom the film pretends to showcase.

Full Review… | March 19, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

This satisfying film reveals the ways in which a village can successfully raise a child.

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Tea with Mussolini

What the Hell is Cher doing in this good movie?

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer


True story about a group of women bonded together by their situation during World War II. Excellent cast. Beautiful scenery.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


great character actresses doing wonderful work

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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