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A compelling drama and documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce (Bob Hoskins), from his days as a terrorist, to his alliance with Hitler, to the betrayal of his son-in-law, and untimely demise.
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Series cast summary:
Susan Sarandon ...  Edda Mussolini Ciano 4 episodes, 1985
Anthony Hopkins ...  Count Galeazzo Ciano 4 episodes, 1985
Bob Hoskins ...  Benito Mussolini 4 episodes, 1985
Annie Girardot ...  Rachele Mussolini 4 episodes, 1985
Barbara De Rossi ...  Claretta Petacci 4 episodes, 1985
Dietlinde Turban ...  Felicitas Beetz 4 episodes, 1985
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ...  Sandro Pavolini 4 episodes, 1985
Fabio Testi ...  Lorenzo 4 episodes, 1985
Massimo Dapporto Massimo Dapporto ...  Vittorio Mussolini 4 episodes, 1985
Gian-Polo Vetturini Gian-Polo Vetturini ...  Marzio 4 episodes, 1985
Luca Orlandini Luca Orlandini ...  Fabrizio 4 episodes, 1985
Francesca Rinaldi Francesca Rinaldi ...  Dindina 4 episodes, 1985
Franco Mazzieri Franco Mazzieri ...  Marinelli 4 episodes, 1985
Leslie Thomas Leslie Thomas ...  De Bono 4 episodes, 1985
Mario Ingrassia Mario Ingrassia ...  Gottardi 4 episodes, 1985
Luigi Romano Luigi Romano ...  Pareschi 4 episodes, 1985
Manuela Mortera Manuela Mortera ...  Anna Maria 3 episodes, 1985
Eric Valsecchi Eric Valsecchi ...  Romano 3 episodes, 1985
Oliver Domnick Oliver Domnick ...  SS Colonel 3 episodes, 1985
Ted Rusoff ...  Francesco Saverio Petacci 3 episodes, 1985
Kurt Raab ...  Adolf Hitler 3 episodes, 1985
Carolyn De Fonseca Carolyn De Fonseca ...  Giuseppina Petacci 3 episodes, 1985
Micaela Giustiniani Micaela Giustiniani ...  Carolina Ciano 3 episodes, 1985
Gianni Pulone Gianni Pulone ...  Galbiati 2 episodes, 1985
Stefano De Sando Stefano De Sando ...  Grandi 2 episodes, 1985
Luciano Baglioni Luciano Baglioni ...  Scorza 2 episodes, 1985
Piero Palermini Piero Palermini ...  Farinacci 2 episodes, 1985
Franco Meroni Franco Meroni ...  Bottai 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Sommer Robert Sommer ...  Suardo 2 episodes, 1985
Carlheinz Heitmann Carlheinz Heitmann ...  General Wolf 2 episodes, 1985
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor ...  Spoegler 2 episodes, 1985
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A compelling drama and documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce (Bob Hoskins), from his days as a terrorist, to his alliance with Hitler, to the betrayal of his son-in-law, and untimely demise.

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Detested by his people. Defied by his family. Destined to failure.

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English

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8 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mussolini See more »

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| (DVD) | (cut) | (in two episodes) (original HBO telecast)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A television movie made for HBO. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

After its September 1985 premiere as a mini-series, the film was severely edited down to regular feature length running times of 120 minutes and 130 minutes. It has been restored to its original length on DVD. See more »

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Referenced in Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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interesting insight into Il Duce's life
1 June 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Most people remember Benito Mussolini simply as Hitler's ally in WWII. "Mussolini and I" shows his family life during his years as Italy's leader. Starring Bob Hoskins as the Fascist himself, Susan Sarandon plays his daughter Edda, who married Count Galeazzo Ciano (Anthony Hopkins). Among other things, the movie shows not only how the relationships among these people were always shaky, but also that Mussolini and Hitler didn't totally trust each other.

Towards the war's end, Il Duce had Count Ciano executed, and shortly thereafter, Il Duce himself was of course arrested and executed. Edda escaped to Switzerland and survived the war. It's too bad that Mussolini was already dead when they hung him on the meat hook.

Very well done.


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