Tea with Mussolini Movie Review 1999

Information and Film Reviews for Tea with Mussolini the Movie

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Semiautobiographical account of director Zeffirelli's own childhood in fascist Italy. In 1935, young Luca (Lucas) is abandoned by his mother and his neglectful father is happy when the boy is taken in by a group of middleaged, eccentric Englishwomen, including Mary (Plowright), Lady Hester (Smith), and Arabella (Dench). Soon, their group is joined by flamboyantly wealthy (and Jewish) American Elsa (Cher). But as Mussolini consolidates his power and WWII begins, Luca is sent away to school, and the women find themselves unwelcome foreigners.

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MGM Home Entertainment, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404-6061, Phone: (310)449-3000, Fax: (310)449-3100, URL: http://www.mgmhomevideo.com, Remarks: Does not handle retail queries from consumers; contact your local video distributor.

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 116 minutes.
Originally from Italian, British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Childhood Visions, Florence, Female Bonding, Period Piece: 1930s, World War II, Parenthood
Screenplay
Franco Zeffirelli, John Mortimer
Cast
Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Cher, Baird Wallace, Charlie Lucas, Lily Tomlin, Paolo Seganti, Massimo Ghini, Claudio Spadaro
Cinematography
David Watkin
Director
Franco Zeffirelli
Music
Alessio Vlad, Stefano Arnaldi
Producer
Clive Parsons, Medusa, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

Awards

British Acad. 1999: Support. Actress (Smith).

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