.:Tea with Mussolini:.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Year: 1999
Country: Italy, UK

Tagline: A story of civilized disobedience

Production Companies: Cattleya, Cineritmo, Film & General Productions Ltd., Medusa Produzione

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

Writers: John Mortimer, Franco Zeffirelli

Produced by: Marco Chimenz, Clive Parsons, Pippo Pisciotto, Riccardo Tozzi, Giovannella Zannoni, Frederick Muller

Original Music by: Stefano Arnaldi, Alessio Vlad

Cinematography by: David Watkin

Film Editing by: Tariq Anwar

Genre: Drama | Comedy | War

Runtime: 117 min

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements, language, brief nudity and some mild violence

Release Date:

26 March 1999 - Italy

2 April 1999 - UK

14 May 1999 - USA

4 June 1999 - Iceland

29 July 1999 - Australia

5 November 1999 - Spain

5 January 2000 - France

6 January 2000 - Germany

27 May 2000 - Japan

Official site: MGM

Budget: $12,000,000

Opening Weekend: $1,633,183 (USA)

US Gross: $14,401,563

Worldwide Gross: $17,500,000

Filming Dates: 1 June 1998 - 20 August 1998

Trailer:

 

 

 

Plot summary:

 

Semi-autobiographical tale from the early life of director Franco Zeffirelli looks at the illegitimate son (Charlie Lucas as a child, Baird Wallace as the teen) of an Italian businessman. The boy's mother has died, and he is raised by an Englishwoman (Joan Plowright) in pre-WWII Fascist Italy. Living to each other in Florence, and presided over by an ambassador's widow (Maggie Smith), a group of Englishwomen live a sheltered existence which they believe is guaranteed personal protection in a tea reception given by Il Duce. However, as war breaks out, the women are interned. Occasionally in this English colony is a wealthy American (Cher), who visits among her travels and marriages to wealthy older men. She respects the "Scorpioni", as they are known, and secretly arranges for their stay in a hotel. The ambassador's widow finds her vulgar and tries to ignore her, but when the United States enters the war, the American too is taken into custody. Only then does she discover that her Italian lover (Paolo Seganti) has tricked her into signing over all her money and modern art collection to him, and is now arranging her execution. This obliges all to join forces. Lily Tomlin also appears as an American archaeologist working at a dig in the city.

Written by John Sacksteder

Photos:

  

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Trivia:

- Arabella's dog Nikki is actually the director's dog.

- The combat scenes late in the picture are clips from A Bridge Too Far (1977).

- Vanessa Redgrave and Angela Lansbury were first considered for the roles of Lady Hester and Arabella, but due their schedule problems they were replaced by Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.

- Filming locations of the movie:

Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Rome, Lazio, Italy

San Gimignano, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
 

Weekend Chart Record

 

Date Rank Gross % Change Theaters Total Gross Days
5/14/1999 10 $1,633,183   270 $1,633,183 3
5/21/1999 12 $1,280,862 -21.57% 273 $3,596,320 10
5/28/1999 13 $1,249,776 -2.43% 266 $5,429,094 17
6/4/1999 14 $766,966 -38.63% 271 $6,498,184 24
6/11/1999 9 $789,786 +2.98% 275 $7,682,969 31
6/18/1999 10 $614,000 -22.26% 283 $8,693,336 38
6/25/1999 13 $641,530 +4.48% 283 $9,709,993 45
7/2/1999 15 $755,594 +17.78% 284 $10,846,181 52
7/9/1999 18 $441,750 -41.54% 281 $11,537,869 59
7/16/1999 24 $319,843 -27.60% 35 $12,152,746 66
7/23/1999 27 $310,175 -3.02% 213 $12,660,964 73
7/30/1999 30 $208,133 -32.90% 194 $13,038,687 80
8/6/1999 37 $145,424 -30.13% 167 $13,301,729 87
8/13/1999 44 $125,358 -13.80% 161 $13,520,278 94
8/20/1999 48 $99,027 -21.00% 150 $13,695,635 101
8/27/1999 55 $66,339 -33.01% 109 $13,827,452 108
9/3/1999 58 $89,718 +35.24% 88 $13,956,499 115
9/10/1999 51 $64,265 -28.37% 100 $14,045,483 122
9/17/1999 50 $57,073 -11.19% 108 $14,140,279 129
9/24/1999 65 $40,550 -28.95% 84 $14,213,781 136
10/1/1999 68 $24,077 -40.62% 49 $14,263,344 143
10/15/1999 65 $20,071 42 $14,327,685 157
10/22/1999 68 $19,004 -5.32% 41 $14,348,123 164
11/5/1999 79 $12,253 +49.00% 33 $14,381,584 178
11/12/1999 71 $12,253   33 $14,388,329 185

Daily Chart Record

5/16/1999

10 $475,000   270 $1,633,000 3
5/17/1999 9 $169,941 -64.22% 270 $1,803,124 4
5/18/1999 9 $183,777 +8.14% 270 $1,986,901 5
5/19/1999 7 $173,649 -5.51% 270 $2,160,550 6
5/23/1999 11 $419,000   273 $3,596,320 10
5/24/1999 9 $168,261 -59.84% 273 $3,764,581 11
5/25/1999 10 $136,881 -18.65% 273 $3,901,462 12
5/26/1999 9 $139,992 +2.27% 273 $4,041,454 13
5/27/1999 8 $137,883 -1.51% 273 $4,179,337 14
5/28/1999 10 $201,300 +45.99% 240 $4,380,637 15
5/31/1999 11 $312,220   266 $5,429,094 18
6/1/1999 13 $95,813 -69.31% 266 $5,524,907 19
6/2/1999 13 $102,951 +7.45% 266 $5,627,858 20
6/3/1999 13 $103,360 +0.40% 266 $5,731,218 21
6/7/1999 12 $92,694   271 $6,590,878 25
6/8/1999 12 $110,212 +18.90% 271 $6,701,090 26
6/9/1999 11 $98,473 -10.65% 271 $6,799,563 27
6/10/1999 11 $93,620 -4.93% 271 $6,893,183 28
6/13/1999 9 $252,000   275 $7,682,969 31
6/14/1999 10 $91,353 -63.75% 275 $7,774,322 32
6/15/1999 10 $105,043 +14.99% 275 $7,879,365 33
6/16/1999 10 $96,213 -8.41% 275 $7,975,578 34
6/17/1999 11 $103,758 +7.84% 275 $8,079,336 35
6/20/1999 10 $181,000   283 $8,693,336 38
6/21/1999 10 $84,747 -53.18% 283 $8,778,083 39
6/22/1999 10 $99,404 +17.30% 283 $8,877,487 40
6/23/1999 10 $93,681 -5.76% 283 $8,971,168 41
6/24/1999 11 $97,295 +3.86% 283 $9,068,463 42
6/27/1999 30 $201,000   283 $9,709,993 45
6/28/1999 51 $90,306 -55.07% 283 $9,800,299 46
6/29/1999 6 $104,668 +15.90% 283 $9,904,967 47
6/30/1999 11 $87,071 -16.81% 283 $9,992,038 48
7/1/1999 10 $98,549 +13.18% 283 $10,090,587 49
7/5/1999 10 $215,700   284 $10,846,181 53
7/6/1999 10 $91,730 -57.47% 284 $10,937,911 54
7/7/1999 10 $77,480 -15.53% 284 $11,015,391 55
7/8/1999 11 $81,000 +4.54% 284 $11,096,391 56
7/11/1999 30 $129,000   281 $11,537,869 59
7/12/1999 51 $58,499 -54.65% 281 $11,596,368 60
7/14/1999 10 $69,346   281 $11,740,221 62
7/15/1999 10 $66,883 -3.55% 281 $11,807,104 63
7/18/1999 10 $107,000   246 $12,153,000 66
7/19/1999 10 $44,913 -58.03% 246 $12,197,659 67
7/20/1999 11 $51,389 +14.42% 246 $12,249,048 68
7/21/1999 30 $49,389 -3.89% 246 $12,298,437 69
7/22/1999 51 $52,352 +6.00% 246 $12,350,789 70

 

 

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