Tea with Mussolini

Tea with Mussolini (1999)

A story of civilized disobedience

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
  • Release Date: 1999-03-25
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 139 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 57min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Cattleya
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, Italy
  • Director: Franco Zeffirelli
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From 139 Ratings


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

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  • Joan Plowright

    as Mary Wallace
  • Maggie Smith

    as Lady Hester Random
  • Cher

    as Elsa Strauss-Almerson
  • Judi Dench

    as Arabella
  • Lily Tomlin

    as Georgina "Georgie" Rockwell
  • Baird Wallace

    as Luca
  • Charlie Lucas

    as Luca (Child)
  • Michael Williams

    as British Consul
  • Paul Chequer

    as Wilfred Random, aka Miss Lucy
  • Massimo Ghini

    as Paolo
  • Paolo Seganti

    as Vittorio Fanfanni
  • Tessa Pritchard

    as Connie Raynor
  • Claudio Spadaro

    as Benito Mussolini
  • Roberto Farnesi

    as Maurizio
  • Chris Larkin

    as Major Gibson
  • Giacomo Gonnella

    as First Carabiniere
  • Allan Caister Pearce

    as American Dealer
  • Hermann Weiskopf

    as German Officer
Production Clive Parsons Producer
Writing John Mortimer Screenplay
Camera David Watkin Director of Photography
Sound Stefano Arnaldi Music
Writing Franco Zeffirelli Novel
Directing Franco Zeffirelli Director
Production Marco Chimenz Producer
Sound Alessio Vlad Music
Editing Tariq Anwar Editor
Art Carlo Centolavigna Art Direction
Art Biagio Fersini Art Direction
Art Fiorella Mariani Art Direction
Art Marco Allegri Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Anna Anni Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Jenny Beavan Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Alberto Spiazzi Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Franco Corridoni Key Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Maria Teresa Corridoni Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Leonard Engelman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Vivian McAteer Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Victoria Wood Wigmaker
Sound John Bateman ADR Mixer
Sound Richard Fettes Foley Editor
Sound Dean Humphreys Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Gerry Humphreys Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Craig Irving Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Colin Ritchie ADR Editor
Production Frederick Muller Producer
Production Riccardo Tozzi Producer
Production Giovannella Zannoni Producer
Production Mirta Guarnaschelli Casting
Production Emma Style Casting