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PG| 1 hr. 56 min.

Plot Summary
In 1930s fascist Italy, adolescent Luca (Charlie Lucas) just lost his mother. His father, a callous businessman, sends him to be taken care of by British expatriate Mary Wallace (Joan Plowright). Mary and her cultured friends -- including artist Arabella (Judi Dench), young widow Elsa (Cher) and archaeologist Georgie (Lily Tomlin) -- keep a watchful eye over the boy. But the women's cultivated lives take a dramatic turn when Allied forces declare war on Mussolini.

Cast: Cher , Judi Dench , Joan Plowright , Maggie Smith , Lily Tomlin , Baird Wallace , Charlie Lucas , Massimo Ghini

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: G2 Films, United International Pictures, CIC Video

Tea with Mussolini (1999)

Release Date: April 2nd, 1999|1 hr. 56 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's warm, spontaneous and heartfelt. Zeffirelli cared about his memories, and he's done justice to them. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The movie is so aggressively ingratiating that it's probably not to be fully trusted, yet it works suprisingly well on its own limited terms[14 May 1999, p. 8E] show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    An incomplete memoir with spotty character development, but, in part because of the way it was filmed and in part because of the strength of the cast, it's still an effective entertainment. show more

  • May 30, 2011 bcuk44
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    the shots taken at the US are right on

  • January 07, 2009 Lifeiscumbersome
    Report This User

    Amazing movie. Very touching, and heart warming. It just goes to show you, people that think they know everything, usually don't. Maggie Smith, is purely elegant.

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