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Mussolini: The Untold Story 

Unrated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1985– )
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The rise and fall of the Italian fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini.
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1985  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
George C. Scott ...  Benito Mussolini 2 episodes, 1985
David Suchet ...  Dino Grandi 2 episodes, 1985
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This seven hour mini-series is based on the memories of Vittorio Mussolini, the oldest son of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The film opens in 1922 as Mussolini gathers his power through the use of his Black Shirt militia. Promoting himself as Caesar reincarnate, Il Duce gains a national fervor that peaks after the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1935. In 1938, Mussolini attempted to promote peace at a Munich conference. Nonetheless he aligned himself with Hitler and drew his country into World War II. Of course, this led to his country's downfall and his total dishonor. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Three women loved him...The entire world feared him...A Madman Who Would Stop at Nothing to Conquer Everything

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Yugoslavia | USA

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English

Release Date:

24 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mussolini: The Untold Story See more »

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Triangle Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Contrary to the popular myth featured in this miniseries Mussolini did not make the trains on time. Most of the repair work to the Italian railway system were done before Mussolini and his fascists came into power in 1922. Mussolini was just disingenuous in taking credit for those changes. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version removed the scene where Mussolini raped the female reporter from the London Herald (Mrs. Thompson) on his desk. See more »

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Giovinezza
by Salvatore Gotta and Giuseppe Blanc
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George C Scott triumphs as Ill Duce
23 September 2006 | by deanofrppsSee all my reviews

Duce - Duce - Duce the crowd screams as the little giant struts out to give the faithful a tough face. George C Scott best known for playing the invincible George Patton on the silver screen has the mannerisms and the facial expressions of the sawdust caeaser who led Italy into a disastrous war and brought about his own downfall.

One of histories great ironies lies in this: Had the Deuce avoided WWII which the Germans really didn't want him involved in anyway, he might have had the acclaim for glory that he vaingloriously sought.

The film presents with a degree of historical accuracy the terrible end to which Italy and its Deuce came as a result of the quest for glory. It comes as a shock that the Anglo-Americans would bomb Rome. Count Ciano lolling on the beach at Lido as the flying fortresses zoom over exclaims, "The Pope lives here." This film is an excellent warning for our time which has produced a new pied-piper. This one claims to personally talk to God. The Deuce at least had the good graces to be an atheist.


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