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Tea with Mussolini ()

Un tè con Mussolini (original title)
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An orphaned Italian boy is raised amongst a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during World War II.

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  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.
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Elsa
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Arabella
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Mary
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Lady Hester
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Georgie
Baird Wallace ...
Luca
Charlie Lucas ...
Luca (child)
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Paolo
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Vittorio
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Mussolini
Mino Bellei ...
Cesare
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Wilfred
Tessa Pritchard ...
Connie
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British Consul
Paula Jacobs ...
Molly
Bettine Milne ...
Edith
Hazel Parsons ...
Hazel
Helen Stirling ...
Ursula
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Norma
Gisella Mathews ...
Elderly Lady (as Giselle Mathews)
Gianna Giachetti ...
Signora Badaloni
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Major Gibson
Giovanni Nannini ...
Sacristan
Pino Colizzi ...
Dino Grandi
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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
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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
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SS Sergeant Gunther (uncredited)
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Simon (uncredited)
Gavino Bondioli ...
American (uncredited)
Fabio Fulco ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Rizia Ortolani ...
Lady in the Coach (uncredited)
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Young Student (uncredited)
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Young Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Franco Zeffirelli

Written by

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John Mortimer ... (screenplay) &
Franco Zeffirelli ... (screenplay)
 
Franco Zeffirelli ... (autobiography)

Produced by

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Marco Chimenz ... executive producer
Clive Parsons ... producer
Pippo Pisciotto ... associate producer
Riccardo Tozzi ... producer
Giovannella Zannoni ... producer
Frederick Muller ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Stefano Arnaldi
Alessio Vlad

Cinematography by

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David Watkin

Film Editing by

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Tariq Anwar

Editorial Department

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Stefano Giovannini ... color grader
Mark Harris ... first assistant editor: London
Lucy Smith ... second assistant editor
Liberata Zocchi ... first assistant editor: Rome

Casting By

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Mirta Guarnaschelli
Emma Style

Art Direction by

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Carlo Centolavigna
Biagio Fersini
Fiorella Mariani ... (as Gioia Fiorella Mariani)

Set Decoration by

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Marco Allegri ... (as Marco Allergi)

Costume Design by

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Anna Anni
Jenny Beavan
Alberto Spiazzi

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Mark Auguste ... sound effects editor
Sam Auguste ... assistant sound editor
John Bateman ... adr mixer
Tony Bell ... boom operator
Richard Fettes ... foley editor
Dean Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
Craig Irving ... 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

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Giovanni Corridori ... special effects supervisor
Maurizio Corridori ... special effects technician
Claudio Quaglietti ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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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

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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
Fabrizio Diamanti ... 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

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Riccardo Bertoni ... extras casting
Louis Elman ... adr voice casting
Silvano Spoletini ... crowd casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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

Location Management

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Deborah Gherardi ... location manager
Gina Gherardi ... location manager

Music Department

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Stefano Arnaldi ... orchestrator
Claudio Messina ... music producer
Steve Parr ... music mixer
Fabio Venturi ... score mixer
Alessio Vlad ... orchestrator
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Angela Allen ... script supervisor
David Sweetman ... script consultant

Transportation Department

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Roberto Leone ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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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
Massimo Marinoni ... adr voice actor
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
Luciano Tartaglia ... production accountant
Mauro Venditti ... production assistant
Mark Thompson-Ashworth ... dialogue coach: Massimo Ghini (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 1935 a group of elderly British women, whom the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British sensibilities with their love of Italian art and culture. One of those Scorpioni, Mary Walsh (Dame Joan Plowright), works as the English secretary for Paolo Innocente (Massimo Ghini), who, in part because of his own wife's adamant refusal, largely neglects his illegitimate adolescent son, Luca (Baird Wallace), despite Paolo's want for Luca to grow up to be a proper young man, much like the English. Luca has lived in an orphanage since his dressmaker mother's death, death a concept that Luca does not yet understand. As such, he often runs away looking for his mother. On a mutual agreement between Paolo and Mary, Mary becomes Luca's guardian, she who will receive help in raising Luca by her fellow Scorpioni and financial help from Paolo as needed. Associated with the Scorpioni is a brash younger nouveau riche Jewish-American woman named Elsa Morgenthal (Cher), who, because of her affection for Luca's mother to whom she owed money, sets up a trust for Luca's future. Amongst the Scorpioni, Lady Hester Random (Dame Maggie Smith), the widow of the former ambassador to Italy, in particular and Elsa do not get along because of their fundamental outward differences. The life for the Scorpioni changes with the on-set of World War II, more specifically when Italy declares war on Britain and France. Despite all of the Scorpioni taken into custody of sorts by the Italians, they are eventually housed in the comforts of a hotel. Lady Hester wrongly believes it is her association with Mussolini (Claudio Spadaro) that has gotten them into their comfortable surroundings, but which in reality was arranged and paid for by Elsa. Luca, who has just returned to Italy after attending school in Austria, helps Elsa with her efforts to assist those persecuted in Italy. Luca, now a teenager, has fallen in love with Elsa. As such, Luca is jealous of Elsa's professional and personal relationship with Italian lawyer Vittorio Fanfanni (Paolo Seganti). Elsa's own situation becomes more precarious with the United States' entrance into the war, the Nazis' increasing persecution of Jews, and Luca discovering that Fanfanni has ulterior motives in his relationship with Elsa. Through it all, Mary still tries to be the voice of what is right to Luca, who may be tainted by his own immature teenaged thoughts during these difficult times. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Tea with Mussolini (United Kingdom)
  • Tea with Mussolini (United States)
  • Tea with Mussolini (World-wide, English title)
  • Un thé avec Mussolini (France)
  • Tee mit Mussolini (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Chris Larkin (Major Gibson) is Dame Maggie Smith's son. See more »
Goofs The tanks the Germans ride in are, in fact, U.S. Army M4 Shermans, not German-built Panzers. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Mattinata Fiorentina See more »
Quotes Lady Hester: The Germans and the Italians couldn't get rid of us. There is absolutely no reason why we should surrender to the Scots.
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