• Tea With Mussolini (1999)

Tea With Mussolini

Release Date: May 14th, 1999

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 1999

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

Production Co: Medusa Film, Cattleya, Film & General Productions Ltd. [gb], Cineritmo

Distributors: United International Pictures, G2 Films, CIC Video

Keywords: Charming, 1930s, 1940s, Emotional, Moving, Sacrifice, Transformation, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie seemed the stuff of anecdote, not drama, and as the alleged protagonist, Luca/Franco is too young much of the time to play more than a bystander's role. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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

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Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)