Mussolini: The Untold Story

Mussolini: The Untold Story

Director: William A. Graham

Cast: George C. Scott, Lee Grant, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

     
 

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The story in this two-part TV biopic was probably "untold" mainly because it was untrue. According to the revisionist script by Stirling Silliphant, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (overplayed by George C. Scott) may have been a fascist, a tyrant, a mass murderer and an intimate of Adolf Hitler, but he also had his warm and fuzzy side. This was manifested in his…  See more details below

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The story in this two-part TV biopic was probably "untold" mainly because it was untrue. According to the revisionist script by Stirling Silliphant, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (overplayed by George C. Scott) may have been a fascist, a tyrant, a mass murderer and an intimate of Adolf Hitler, but he also had his warm and fuzzy side. This was manifested in his genuine love for his gorgeous mistress Clara Petacci (Virginia Madsen), whose devotion to Il Duce was equally strong, so much so that she willingly went to her death along with him when the Axis collapsed and the ex-dictator was summarily shot. Despite his extramarital shenanigans, Mussolini had plenty of affection left over for his long-suffering wife Rachel (Lee Grant) and his children. With a cast comprised largely of non-Italians (notably the aggressively Irish Gabriel Byrne as Mussolini's son Vittorio), this epic had more phony dialects than a Marx Bros. picture. Despite its distant relation to the facts and its flaccid treatment of one of history's darkest periods, Mussolini: The Untold Story (filmed not in Italy but in Yugoslavia) garnered respectable ratings when it was originally telecast by NBC on November 24 and 26, 1985--and also earned a brace of Emmy award nominations.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
4897007031603
Original Release:
1985
Source:
Castaway Pictures
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sales rank:
6,026

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott Benito Mussolini
Lee Grant Rachele Mussolini
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Edda Mussolini-Ciano
Virginia Madsen Clara Petacci
Raul Julia Count Galeazzo
Gabriel Byrne Vittorio Mussolini
Gunnar Moeller Adolf Hitler
Vernon Dobtcheff Sebastiani
Anne-Louise Lambert Orsola
Gina Bellman Gena Ruberti
Kenneth Colley King Vittorio Emmanuele
Michael Aldridge Matteotti
Annabel Leventon Senora Petacci
Godfrey James Marshal Badoglio
Wolf Kahler Skorzeny
Paul Herzberg Maj. Spogler
David Suchet Grandi
Paul Kehagias Young Bruno
Spencer Chandler Young Vittorio
Tracy-Louise Ward Maria Ciano
Constantine Gregory Barone Russo
Philip Madoc Bucchini
Tony Vogel Tarabella
Dee Dee Norton Mrs. Thompson
Steve Marshall Romano
George Coulouris DeBono
Richard Kane Ribbentrop
Michael MacKenzie Amalfi
Robert Downey Actor

Technical Credits
William A. Graham Director
Ronald J. Fagan Editor
Noel Impatro Editor
Dusko Jericevic Art Director
Raymond Katz Executive Producer
Harry Lange Production Designer
Hal W. Polaire Producer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
Stirling Silliphant Producer,Teleplay
Bernie Sofronski Executive Producer
Robert Steadman Cinematographer
Rod Stephens Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mussolini: The Untold Story - The Fascist Tyrant
1. March on Rome As Premiere [17:02]
2. Promoting Himself As Caesar Reincarnated [17:27]
3. Hope for the Future [17:37]
4. The First Family [17:32]
5. The Wedding [18:48]
6. The Two Sons and the Girlfriend [19:59]

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