A compelling drama and documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce, from his days as a terrorist, to his alliance with Hitler, to the betrayal of his son-in-law, and untimely demise.
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 Edda Mussolini Ciano (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Count Galeazzo Ciano (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Benito Mussolini (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Rachele Mussolini (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Claretta Petacci (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Felicitas Beetz (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Sandro Pavolini (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Lorenzo (4 episodes, 1985)
Massimo Dapporto ...
 Vittorio Mussolini (4 episodes, 1985)
Gian-Polo Vetturini ...
 Marzio (4 episodes, 1985)
Luca Orlandini ...
 Fabrizio (4 episodes, 1985)
Francesca Rinaldi ...
 Dindina (4 episodes, 1985)
Franco Mazzieri ...
 Marinelli (4 episodes, 1985)
Leslie Thomas ...
 De Bono (4 episodes, 1985)
Mario Ingrassia ...
 Gottardi (4 episodes, 1985)
Luigi Romano ...
 Pareschi (4 episodes, 1985)
Manuela Mortera ...
 Anna Maria (3 episodes, 1985)
Eric Valsecchi ...
 Romano (3 episodes, 1985)
Oliver Domnick ...
 SS Colonel (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Francesco Saverio Petacci (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Adolf Hitler (3 episodes, 1985)
Carolyn De Fonseca ...
 Giuseppina Petacci (3 episodes, 1985)
Micaela Giustiniani ...
 Carolina Ciano (3 episodes, 1985)
Gianni Pulone ...
 Galbiati (2 episodes, 1985)
Stefano De Sando ...
 Grandi (2 episodes, 1985)
Luciano Baglioni ...
 Scorza (2 episodes, 1985)
Piero Palermini ...
 Farinacci (2 episodes, 1985)
Franco Meroni ...
 Bottai (2 episodes, 1985)
Robert Sommer ...
 Suardo (2 episodes, 1985)
Carlheinz Heitmann ...
 General Wolf (2 episodes, 1985)
Dieter Schidor ...
 Spoegler (2 episodes, 1985)
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A compelling drama and documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce, from his days as a terrorist, to his alliance with Hitler, to the betrayal of his son-in-law, and untimely demise.

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Detested by his people. Defied by his family. Destined to failure.

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8 September 1985 (USA)  »

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| (DVD) | (cut) | (in two episodes) (original HBO telecast)

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Trivia

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Bob Hoskins appeared in Othello (1981) and Nixon (1995). See more »

Goofs

Italian Foreign Minister Ciano incorrectly addresses his German counterpart as 'Baron von Ribbentrop' at the dinner party near the beginning of the movie. German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop held no aristocratic title. See more »

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Referenced in Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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interesting insight into Il Duce's life
1 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Most people remember Benito Mussolini simply as Hitler's ally in WWII. "Mussolini and I" shows his family life during his years as Italy's leader. Starring Bob Hoskins as the Fascist himself, Susan Sarandon plays his daughter Edda, who married Count Galeazzo Ciano (Anthony Hopkins). Among other things, the movie shows not only how the relationships among these people were always shaky, but also that Mussolini and Hitler didn't totally trust each other.

Towards the war's end, Il Duce had Count Ciano executed, and shortly thereafter, Il Duce himself was of course arrested and executed. Edda escaped to Switzerland and survived the war. It's too bad that Mussolini was already dead when they hung him on the meat hook.

Very well done.


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