Tea with Mussolini

TitleTea with Mussolini
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsZeffirelli, Franco
Running Time117 minutes
Date Released05/1999
DistributorUnited International Pictures
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageenglish, italian

In this semi-autobiographical tale, a group of women and their Italian ward find their refuge in Florence endangered by World War II. Known locally as the Scorpioni, these British and American expatriates surround themselves with art and luxury and collectively provide guardianship to the young Luca. When war occurs, the Jewish-American woman pays for their internment in a hotel, but she, too, becomes a target of a manipulative Italian lawyer and the Gestapo. Luca joins the Resistance and helps save the women who raised him.



Joan Plowright

Judi Dench

Maggie Smith

Lily Tomlin


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

Written by John Mortimer

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Cinematography by David Watkin

Edited by Tariq Anwar

Music by Stefano Arnaldi and Alessio Vlad


Drama, Comedy, War

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