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Mussolini and I 

A compelling drama and documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce, 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


A compelling drama and documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce, 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.


Biography | Drama | War


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Release Date:

8 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mussolini See more »

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Technical Specs


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sir Anthony Hopkins and Bob Hoskins appeared in Othello (1981) and Nixon (1995). See more »


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 »


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

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What a flop!
20 April 2014 | by jvdesuit1See all my reviews

I've watched 30 minutes of this movie skipping the interminable opening credits and stopped the whole thing. My goodness! Was Hitler one of the descendant of an English Lord?Was he a student at Oxford? Does the director of this flop has ever watched the many newsreels showing the Fuhrer speaking and shouting?

From this on it was obvious that the whole production would be a masterpiece of historical errors or flaws.

There is today a tendency in the world's movie industry to treat history as a secondary subject where you can do whatever you want as long as you make money and where accuracy to historical facts and characters is considered as something unimportant.

Americans were at one time the masters of such behavior especially if the historical facts did not concern their own country, now the disease has spread all over the world but perhaps in Germany which up to now has had the courage to produce movies showing without indulgence the horrors which took place on its soil between 1930 and 1945.

That we Europeans be not able to consider with honesty our faults, our mistakes or worse, is a very dangerous symptom of ethical failure on our part.

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