Tea With Mussolini

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  116 min.
Release Date: May 14, 1999

Current rating: Rating: 4.49
based on 60 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Joan Plowright, Paul Chequer, Cher , Judi Dench, Massimo Ghini, Rizia Ortolani, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin


This is supposed to be the true story of director Franco Zeffirelli's own childhood. In 1936, with the Nazis loose in Germany and the Fascists loose in Italy, the young director finds himself left in the care of a Jewish-American millionairess and three eccentric British women. It features Oscar-winners Judi Dench and Cher.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Studio: MGM/UA
Screenplay: John Motimer
Official Site: www.mgm.com/teawithmussolini/

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  • 5 stars "Beautiful scenery and great cast. Wonderful story"
  • 5 stars "The heart of this movie is the relaionship between Luca and the loving Mary Wallace, played by Joan Plowright. As secretary to Luca's father, who placed his illegitimate son(Luca) in an orphanage,she takes Luca into her home and cares for him. Joan Plowright in this role provides the overall love and concern for the boy. She enlists the help of the other English expatriate ladies known as the"Scorpioni" of which she is a memeber. Her caring extends to Elsa, (Cher) who helps, without thanks, the ladies' group, who are not completely sympathetic to her. Her technique and sensitivity in this role is unmatched. She is,in my opinion, a great actress, and certainly deserves more credit and recogni"