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The Last 4 Days (1974)

Mussolini ultimo atto (original title)
In 1945, the dictator of fascist Italy and Hitler's close ally Benito Mussolini faces defeat. In a desperate attempt to avoid capture, he tries to flee the country with his lover Claretta Petacci, but Italian partisans are on their tail.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Benito Mussolini
... Walter Audisio 'Valerio'
... Claretta Petacci
... Pierluigi Bellini delle Stelle 'Pedro'
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Raffaele Cadorna
Andrea Aureli
... Lt. Fritz Birzer
Rodolfo Dal Pra ... Rodolfo Graziani (as Rodolfo Dal Pra')
Francesco Di Federico
Manfred Freyberger ... Otto Kisnat
Marco Guglielmi
... Secret Agent of Fascist Service
... Jack Donati
Bill Vanders ... (as Bill Wanders)
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In 1945, the dictator of fascist Italy and Hitler's close ally Benito Mussolini faces defeat. In a desperate attempt to avoid capture, he tries to flee the country with his lover Claretta Petacci, but Italian partisans are on their tail.

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Waterloo's Cousin?
22 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

It is interesting that Rod Steiger has attempted two ambitious epic-roles in his career - Napoleon in Waterloo, and now Mussolini in Ultimo Atto - both European co-productions outside the normal auspices of Hollywood. Although it may be decidedly the minor of the two, the subject matter of the film still captivates the viewer as it chronicles the last few days of the Italian Leader.

Mussolini: Ultimo Atto portrays the demise of Italy's one-time Dictator from a leader of emperor-like proportions to that of a desperate fugitive. Mussolini is hunted by four separate groups each with different ideas of his fate. Hitler wants him to fight until his final breath, the Allies and the new Italian government want him to stand trial for war crimes, and the Italian partisans want to shoot him on site.

Rod Steiger plays Mussolini credibly (from what I know of him) and Henry Fonda is also notable in his role as a Cardinal.


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