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Mussolini and I 

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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


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.


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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A lot to get through...
7 May 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

I saw this on a commercial TV movie channel, in two parts. The intervening adverts, seemingly endless, inevitably chopped up the film so much that it spoiled the experience for me.

With an incredible cast - Bob Hoskins surprisingly effective as the surly Mussolini, Anthony Hopkins as Count Galeazzo Cianno and Susan Sarandon as Cianno's wife and daughter of Mussolini, this should have been an incredible epic that everybody would now have seen.

I'm no expert on Italian history and this history lesson was interesting but not compelling enough, for me - not for 4 hours, at least. The 4:3 screen ratio cried out for huge TV widescreen and it remained a rather dingy looking TV movie from start to end. There were some good set pieces, particularly toward the end but I have an overwhelming recollection of long discussions in state rooms.

It may be worthwhile buying the DVD to eliminate the pesky ad breaks and to re-watch, as there is so much going on and one is slightly overawed by the great cast that it would benefit from a repeat. If one had the extra incentive of wanting to know more about the subject, then that is more of a reason but for most and bearing in mind the current price, I wouldn't say that it is worth it. Though, if you have the requisite TV package and it comes on again, then, yes, go for it.

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