Tea with Mussolini 1999

Tea With Mussolini

Critics Consensus

Tea with Mussolini contains few surprises, but this amiably ambling drama is too likable -- and well-cast -- to completely resist.

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In 1930s fascist Italy, adolescent Luca (Charlie Lucas) just lost his mother. His father, a callous businessman, sends him to be taken care of by British expatriate Mary Wallace (Joan Plowright). Mary and her cultured friends -- including artist Arabella (Judi Dench), young widow Elsa (Cher) and archaeologist Georgie (Lily Tomlin) -- keep a watchful eye over the boy. But the women's cultivated lives take a dramatic turn when Allied forces declare war on Mussolini.

Cast & Crew

Cher
Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan
Joan Plowright
Mary Wallace
Maggie Smith
Lady Hester Random
Charlie Lucas
Luca (child)
Paolo Seganti
Vittorio Fanfanni
Paul Checquer
Wilfred Random, aka Miss Lucy
Jerome Kern
Non-Original Music
David Watkin
Cinematographer
Tariq Anwar
Film Editor
Emma Style
Casting
Marco Chimenz
Executive Producer
Pippo Pisciotto
Associate Producer
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Critic Reviews for Tea with Mussolini

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Audience Reviews for Tea with Mussolini

  • May 27, 2011
    Three Grande Dames of the British stage and film (Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Joan Plowright) come together, along with Americans Cher and Lily Tomlin to power this tale of a group of British ex-pats and their brash American friends trying to preserve their way of life in Italy just before the Second World War. The acting is superb, and the story, based on actual events as remembered by the director, Franco Zeffirelli, is spellbinding. Maggie Smith can do imperious. And she does it brilliantly here. Yet she does have a tender side when the chips are down. Joan Plowright proves to be the heart and soul of the film however and more than holds her own beside the other two. The story bears a slight similarity to that of Paradise Road, but without the despair and brutality of that other story, from the Japanese theater of the war. This viewer really enjoyed this.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2007
    True story about a group of women bonded together by their situation during World War II. Excellent cast. Beautiful scenery.
    Candy R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2007
    A lighter view of a dark time. Pretty enjoyable.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2007
    There were some really great characters, and a fantastic cast. It's a true story, but the way it was made, parts of it were quite dull.
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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