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 … 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

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as Elsa

as Arabella

as Georgie

as Luca (as a teenager)

as Luca (as a child)

as Vittorio

as Mussolini

as Wilfred

as British Consul

as Elderly Lady

as Signora Badaloni

as Major Gibson

as Dino Grandi

as Count Bernardini

as First Carabiniere

as Second Carabiniere

as American Dealer

as German Officer

as Giulia Meyer

as Professor Cassuto

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

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

Candy Rose

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great character actresses doing wonderful work

jay nixon

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