Tea with Mussolini | 1999

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

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Main Plot

An orphaned Italian boy is raised amongst a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during World War II.


  • Maggie Smith's character plays a key role in protecting and raising a young boy amidst the political turmoil of Italy.
  • Judi Dench's character plays a British art lover who helps protect and support a group of Englishwomen living in Italy during World War II.
  • Joan Plowright's character, Mary Wallace, plays a British woman who supports and protects a group of English women in Italy during World War II.


In the final moments of Tea with Mussolini, the group of English women, led by Mary, gather at a café in Florence during World War II. As they share memories of their time together, they are suddenly interrupted by the arrival of a German officer. However, the women's adopted son, Luca, now a grown man, steps in and confronts the officer, revealing his true identity as an Italian resistance fighter. Luca's bravery allows the women to escape safely, ensuring their bond remains unbroken.

Franco Zeffirelli