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Franco Zeffirelli (autobiography)
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Release Date:
14 May 1999 (USA) See more »
A story of civilized disobedience
In 1935 a group of elderly British women, whom the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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I Want to Grow Up with Cher, Judi, Lily, Maggie and Joan See more (157 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cher ... Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan

Judi Dench ... Arabella

Joan Plowright ... Mary Wallace

Maggie Smith ... Lady Hester Random

Lily Tomlin ... Georgie Rockwell
Baird Wallace ... Luca
Charlie Lucas ... Luca (Child)
Massimo Ghini ... Paolo

Paolo Seganti ... Vittorio Fanfanni
Claudio Spadaro ... Mussolini
Mino Bellei ... Cesare
Paul Chequer ... Wilfred Random, aka Miss Lucy
Tessa Pritchard ... Connie Raynor
Michael Williams ... British Consul
Paula Jacobs ... Molly
Bettine Milne ... Edith
Hazel Parsons ... Hazel
Helen Stirling ... Ursula

Kathleen Doyle ... Norma
Gisella Mathews ... Elderly Lady (as Giselle Mathews)
Gianna Giachetti ... Signora Badaloni

Chris Larkin ... Major Gibson
Giovanni Nannini ... Sacristan
Pino Colizzi ... Dino Grandi
Jackie Basehart ... Count Bernardini (as Jack Basehart)

Giacomo Gonnella ... First Carabiniere
Clemente Abete ... Second Carabiniere
Roberto Farnesi ... Maurizio (as Roberto Farnese)
Chris Tattanelli ... Carmelo
Claudia Piccoli ... Anna, Lady Hester's Maid
Allan Caister Pearce ... American Dealer
Hermann Weiskopf ... German Officer
Benedetta Magini ... Giulia Meyer
Beppe Landini ... Menotti, Hotel Manager
Giuseppe Rossi Borghesano ... Butler
Marcellina Ruocco ... Adriana
Ferdinando Ferrini ... Professor Cassuto
Massimo Salvianti ... Leading Fascist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Agranov ... SS Sergeant Gunther (uncredited)
Steven Blake ... Simon (uncredited)
Gavino Bondioli ... American (uncredited)
Fabio Fulco ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Rizia Ortolani ... Lady in the Coach (uncredited)
Luca Padrini ... Young Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Franco Zeffirelli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Mortimer  writer
Franco Zeffirelli  autobiography

Produced by
Marco Chimenz .... executive producer
Clive Parsons .... producer
Pippo Pisciotto .... associate producer
Riccardo Tozzi .... producer
Giovannella Zannoni .... producer
Frederick Muller .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Stefano Arnaldi 
Alessio Vlad 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Film Editing by
Tariq Anwar 
Casting by
Mirta Guarnaschelli 
Emma Style 
Art Direction by
Carlo Centolavigna 
Biagio Fersini 
Fiorella Mariani  (as Gioia Fiorella Mariani)
Set Decoration by
Marco Allegri  (as Marco Allergi)
Costume Design by
Anna Anni 
Jenny Beavan 
Alberto Spiazzi 
Makeup Department
Gaia Banchelli .... assistant makeup artist
Desideria Corridoni .... assistant hair stylist
Franco Corridoni .... key makeup artist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... chief hair stylist
Lamberto Deli .... assistant hair stylist
Giuseppe Desiato .... assistant makeup artist
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Cher
Albert Guiliani .... assistant hair stylist
Vivian McAteer .... hair stylist: Cher
Francesco Nardi .... assistant makeup artist
Zoe Tahir .... dailies hair stylist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker: Cher
Production Management
Pino Butti .... production supervisor
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Alessandro Loy .... production manager
Marco Olivieri .... unit manager
Rizia Ortolani .... unit manager
Flavio Tallone .... unit manager (uncredited)
Raffaele Veneruso .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luciano Bacchelli .... second assistant director
Filippo Fassetta .... second assistant director
Justin Muller .... first assistant director (as Justin I. Muller)
Daniele Nannuzzi .... second unit director
Francesco Papa .... assistant director
Pippo Pisciotto .... first assistant director
Luigi Spoletini .... second assistant director
Roberto Tatti .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mario Arena .... dressing props
Carlo De Marino .... assistant art director
Pasquale De Viva .... stand-by props
Ludovica Ferrario .... additional art department trainee
Ettore Guerrieri .... set dresser
Markos Keyto .... assistant art director
Monica Sallustio .... set designer
Paola Sforzini .... painter (as Paolo Sforzini)
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Auguste .... sound effects editor
Sam Auguste .... assistant sound editor
John Bateman .... adr mixer
Tony Bell .... boom operator
Richard Fettes .... foley editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
Johannes Kovecny .... assistant sound editor
Mark Lafbery .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Gilberto Martinelli .... boom operator
Colin Ritchie .... adr editor
Steve Schwalbe .... sound effects editor
Brian Simmons .... production sound mixer
Fabio Venturi .... sound engineer
Mike Wood .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects supervisor
Maurizio Corridori .... special effects technician
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... visual effects supervisor
Sally Clayton .... digital effects artist: The Film Factory
Simon Giles .... visual effects producer
David Sewell .... digital effects artist: The Film Factory
Trevor Young .... digital effects artist: The Film Factory
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Antonello .... still photographer
Paola Barbaglia .... assistant camera
Elio Bosi .... key grip
Francesco Brioni .... assistant camera: second unit
Fabio Cafolla .... electrician
Giancarlo Checchi .... electrician
Antonio D'Arienzo .... electrician
Daniele D'Offizi .... focus puller: second unit
Daniele Dessena .... grip
Giuseppe Fabrizi .... electrician
Dominic Gaughan .... clapper loader
Mario Massaccesi .... gaffer
Franco Micheli .... grip
Mauro Mimino .... grip
Mark Moriarty .... camera operator
Carlo Postiglione .... key grip
Clive Prior .... focus puller
Massimiliano Sticchi .... electrician
Claudio Terlizzi .... electrician
Nicola Terlizzi .... electrician
Casting Department
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Silvano Spoletini .... crowd casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ermanno Daelli .... costumes: Cher
Daria Gianassini .... wardrobe assistant
Alessandro Lai .... assistant costume designer
Claudette Lilly .... wardrobe assistant
Elsa Masseroni .... wardrobe assistant
Anna Orazi .... wardrobe assistant
Piero Risani .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Stefano Giovannini .... color grader
Mark Harris .... first assistant editor: London
Lucy Smith .... second assistant editor
Liberata Zocchi .... first assistant editor: Rome
Location Management
Deborah Gherardi .... location manager
Gina Gherardi .... location manager
Music Department
Stefano Arnaldi .... orchestrator
Claudio Messina .... music producer
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Fabio Venturi .... score mixer
Alessio Vlad .... orchestrator
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Roberto Leone .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Tommaso Arrighi .... set production assistant
Marco Billeri .... animal trainer
Rebecca Booth .... assistant to director
Robert Booth .... dialogue coach
Roberto Canaro .... production accountant
Gilles Cannatella .... production assistant
Richard Fontenot .... pre-production assistant: Los Angeles
Sally Grace .... dialogue coach
Pasquale Martino .... animal trainer
Maria Menarini .... jewels designer
Janice Mordue .... title designer
Suzanne O'Donnell .... assistant: Cher
Roberto Ornaro .... production accountant
Franco Penna .... production accountant
Stefano Priori .... production controller
Eugene Rizzo .... unit publicist
Sara Rossi .... production coordinator
Jennifer Ruiz .... assistant: Cher
John Sargent .... post-production accountant
Stefano Sciarra .... runner
Patrizia Serantoni .... assistant to producer
Val Sunderland .... production accountant
David Sweetman .... script consultant
Luciano Tartaglia .... production accountant
Mauro Venditti .... production assistant
Mark Thompson-Ashworth .... dialogue coach: Massimo Ghini (uncredited)

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language, brief nudity and some mild violence
117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Cher has stated that the only reason she took the part of Elsa was because director/writer Franco Zeffirelli said he could only see her and no other actress in the role.See more »
Anachronisms: Elsa is referred to as "a Jew". Until long after World War II, a female Jew in Europe was referred to as "a Jewess".See more »
[first lines]
Title Card:Florence 1935.
Title Card:The love affair between the artistically-inclined English community and Florence was soon to be overshadowed by the clouds of war.
Title Card:But at the moment the sun is still shining on the squares and statues, and the dictator Mussolini is the gentleman who makes the trains run on time.
Connie Raynor:Excuse me, are you the Consul?
British Consul:Yes.
Connie Raynor:Connie Raynor of the Morning Post. I'm fascinated to know what His Majesty's Consul in Florence makes of it all?
British Consul:I can't believe your readers would be interested in our little ceremony.
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53 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
I Want to Grow Up with Cher, Judi, Lily, Maggie and Joan, 1 June 2004
Author: gregorybnyc from United States

TEA WITH MUSSOLINI is Zeffirelli's tribute to his own war-time

upbringing, and while it is undeniably sentimental, it is also a

wonderful movie. A young, illegitimate boy who is rejected by his

father (who is married to another) is raised by his secretary (Joan

Plowright). She is part of a group of English ex-pats living in life on

very fixed incomes in Florence on the eve of WWII. Plowright's

other peers include Maggie Smith as the insufferably snobbish

widow of a consulate, who never lets anyone forget her status.

There's also Judi Dench, an artist, who is a gentle soul and an

animal lover. Lily Tomlin is an American who keeps a watchful eye

on the ladies at the danger comes closer to engulfing them all.

And then there's Cher, the widow of a rich man who comes and

goes throughout Europe in search of good art and a good time. All

these women have come to love the young boy who is now about

14 when the movie begins. Cher, whose character is Jewish is

damn near ruined by a scheming lover, and her life is in danger.

The British contingent has been sent to close quarters in Sienna

where they are forced to live in close proximity to each other, as

prisoners of war. The war is nearly over with the Americans

advancing on Sienna. The young man helps to arrange Cher's

escape and the woman stop bickering long enough to help the

Americans liberate Sienna and all ends happily.

Some have complained that Cher is terrible in this movie.

Nonsense. She's playing a head-strong, independent woman

who is in charge of her own life. This is a variation of the same

theme she has worked as an actress, entertainer and personality

for more than 40 years. The final parting with the young boy is

tear-inducing. Cher looks sensational and gives a heart-felt

performance. The ladies--Dames Joan, Maggie and Judi are

adorable and winning as expected with Lily Tomlin offering a

wonderful portrait of a tough journalist who comes to their support

when the going gets rough. The young boy as Zeffirelli is also

terrific. The scenery is gorgeous, and you can't see too many

stories about interesting, off-beat characters on the loose in Italy

as far as I'm concerned.

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