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8 September 1985 (USA) See more »
Detested by his people. Defied by his family. Destined to failure.
A compelling drama/documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce himself, from his days as a terrorist to his alliance with Hitler to the betrayal of his son-in-law and untimely demise. | Add synopsis »
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Lovely to look at, difficult to hear See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

Susan Sarandon ... Edda Mussolini Ciano

Anthony Hopkins ... Count Galeazzo Ciano

Bob Hoskins ... Benito Mussolini

Annie Girardot ... Rachele Mussolini

Barbara De Rossi ... Claretta Petacci
Dietlinde Turban ... Felicitas Beetz
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ... Sandro Pavolini

Fabio Testi ... Lorenzo
Kurt Raab ... Adolf Hitler
Oliver Domnick ... SS Colonel
Hans-Dieter Asner ... Von Ribbentrop
Franco Fabrizi ... Navarra
Massimo Dapporto ... Vittorio Mussolini
Riccardo Peloso ... Police Commissioner
Antonella Angelucci ... Princess

Ted Rusoff ... Francesco Saverio Petacci
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Giuseppina Petacci
Luca Orlandini ... Fabrizio
Gian-Polo Vetturini ... Marzio
Manuela Mortera ... Anna Maria
Francesca Rinaldi ... Dindina
Eric Valsecchi ... Romano
Ulisse Minervini ... Officer Palazzo Venezia
David-George Brown ... Castellano
Micaela Giustiniani ... Carolina Ciano
Gianni Pulone ... Galbiati
Luciano Baglioni ... Scorza
Franco Meroni ... Bottai
Stefano De Sando ... Grandi
Leslie Thomas ... De Bono
Piero Palermini ... Farinacci
Robert Sommer ... Suardo
Franco Mazzieri ... Marinelli
Mario Ingrassia ... Gottardi
Luigi Romano ... Pareschi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gianni Baghino ... Prison Warden (as Giovanni Baghino)

Pier Paolo Capponi ... Don Chiot
Lionello Pio Di Savoia ... Soleti
Harald Dietl ... Skorzeny
Ulrich Engst ... Major Otto
Livio Galassi ... Prison Guard
Sergio Gibello ... Furlotti
Stefano Gragnani ... Buffelli
Carlheinz Heitmann ... General Wolf
Julian Jenkins ... Judge (as Julian Jenkyns)
Marne Maitland ... King Vittorio Emanuele
Guido Mariotti ... Captain of the Carabinieri
Marino Masé ... Don Pancino
Enrico Papa ... Pedro
Angelo Pellegrino ... Faiola
Matthias Petersen ... Birzer
Pietro Sarubbi ... Guard
Paolo Maria Scalondro ... Bill
Dieter Schidor ... Spoegler
Alex Serra ... Puntoni
Ljupcho Todorovski ... Fascist
Diego Verdegiglio ... Carabinieri Officer

Directed by
Alberto Negrin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicola Badalucco  screenplay
Nicola Badalucco  story
Alberto Negrin  screenplay

Produced by
Alan David .... associate producer
Mario Gallo .... producer
Giovanna Genoese .... executive producer
Enzo Giulioli .... producer
Original Music by
Egisto Macchi 
Cinematography by
Armando Nannuzzi 
Daniele Nannuzzi 
Film Editing by
Roberto Perpignani 
Casting by
Rita Forzano 
Alixe Gordin  (as Alixe Gordon)
Maude Spector 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gervasi 
Costume Design by
Maurizio Millenotti 
Makeup Department
Vincenzo Cardella .... hair stylist
Maria Vittoria Cascioli .... assistant hair stylist
Ferdinando Merolla .... hair stylist
Luigi Rocchetti .... assistant makeup artist
Manlio Rocchetti .... makeup artist
Alvaro Rossi .... assistant makeup artist
Gino Zamprioli .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Annabella Andreoli .... production supervisor
Adriano Di Lorenzo .... production supervisor
Bruno Ricci .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ilaria Freccia .... second assistant director
Lorenzo Molossi .... second assistant director
Luciano Sacripanti .... assistant director
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Franco Borni .... sound engineer
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
Gene Luotto .... post-synchronisation: English version
Danilo Moroni .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Gino Vagniluca .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Sandro Borni .... still photographer
Silvia Giulietti .... assistant camera
Sergio Melaranci .... camera operator
Claudio Nannuzzi .... camera operator
Kika Ungaro .... assistant camera (as Noelie Ungaro)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Enrico Serafini .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Alessandro Baragli .... assistant editor
Music Department
Enrico Sciarra .... conductor
Other crew
Giordano Bruno Guerri .... historical consultant
Steven Luotto .... dialogue coach
Marco Mattei .... cashier
Marion Mertes .... continuity

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mussolini" - USA (informal alternative title)
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120 min | 240 min (DVD version) | Argentina:130 min | 120 min (cut) | USA:240 min (in two episodes) (original HBO telecast)
Aspect Ratio:
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Factual errors: Italian Foreign Minister Ciano incorrectly addresses his German counterpart as 'Baron von Ribbentrop' at the dinner party near the beginning of the movie. German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop held no aristocratic title.See more »
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3 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Lovely to look at, difficult to hear, 6 November 2007
Author: emuir-1 from United States

The problem with old mini-series is that they often do not come with close captions or subtitles which help the hearing impaired. The different accents of the international cast also made the dialog difficult to follow. Consequently, much of what they were saying was unintelligible and I found myself admiring the costumes, scenery and sets. Not that all this mattered in the end as the plot was so ludicrous it could have passed for an episode of Dynasty. I waited in vain for Joan Collins to show up and punch at least one of the women in the face.

Another problem was the casting of over exposed actors. If you don't care much for Anthony Hopkins, you are out of luck, because he is notching up as many appearances as John Gielgud. They will be carrying him on-stage in his 90's before long. In this film he played an Italian Count who apparently never met a woman he did not attempt to seduce. Bob Hoskins, another very good but over-exposed actor played Mussolini as if he was still in character for Harold Shand (The Long Good Friday) and sounded like an East London bookie at the racetrack.

At one point, Mussolini mused that if he pardoned his son-in-law, the Germans would despise them for acting like Italians. Shortly after, Signora Mussolini went to visit his mistress, Clara, armed with a small handgun. While the Signora was beating on the door, and the mistress trying to hide, the German guard was frantically calling Il Duce and asking what to do - the melodrama had me laughing out loud.

If Mistral's daughter and Princess Daisy is your cup of tea, you will enjoy this mini-series. I have no idea how historically accurate it was.

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