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Tea with Mussolini (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: May 14, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 16, 1999

Budget $12,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated PG for thematic elements, language, brief nudity and some mild violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country UK, Italy

Studio Cattleya, Cineritmo, Film & General Productions, Medusa Produzione, Universal

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• Tea with Mussolini
• Te con il Duce

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Genre: War, Drama, Comedy, Period Piece, Political, World War II, Escape, Deception, Law, Military, Coming Of Age, School / Campus

Tagline: A story of civilized disobedience

Plot: The beautiful city of Florence is at the heart of this story, based on director Franco Zeffirelli's autobiography. It's the 1930s, and young Luca (Charlie Lucas), the illegitimate son of an Italian businessman, is taken in by a group of proper English ladies known as "Il Scorpioni" (for their "sting"). He acquires a passion for the arts as he follows them on their excursions through various museums and cathedrals, and finds his first taste of love when he falls for an extravagant Jewish American named Elsa (Cher). When Mussolini's fascist regime joins the Nazis, the old ladies become prisoners of war, and Elsa finds herself in even greater danger. Luckily, the now older Luca is on hand to help. This lovingly photographed film allows Zeffirelli to give voice to his passion for the art and architecture of his native city. The ensemble of mature actresses have a field day, of course, and includes Judi Dench, Lily Tomlin, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith.

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 Directed by
Franco Zeffirelli
Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Jane Eyre
 Written by
John Mortimer
Bunny Lake Is Missing, Don Quixote, John and Mary
Franco Zeffirelli
Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Jane Eyre
The Witches of Eastwick, Moonstruck, Stuck On You
Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day
Joan Plowright
Last Action Hero, Bringing Down the House, Dinosaur
Maggie Smith
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Gosford Park, Hook
Lily Tomlin
I Heart Huckabees, Orange County, Short Cuts
Charlie Lucas
Second Nature, Stranded, Deceit
 Music By
Stefano Arnaldi
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Alessio Vlad
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