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Mussolini - The Untold Story [DVD] [2005]

George C. Scott , Lee Grant    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Lee Grant, Raul Julia, Virginia Madsen, Robert Downey Jr.
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: delta home entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LYDK0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,801 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Made-for-television miniseries about the life of the Italian Fascist dictator, played by George C. Scott, and based on the memoirs of Mussolini's son. Opening in 1922, Mussolini marches on Rome at the head of his Blackshirt militia, seizes power and begins colonial expansion in Africa. Over the 1930s he aligns his country with Nazi Germany, a situation that inevitably leads to Italy's defeat and Mussolini's own execution.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solidly acted work of entertainment 22 Mar 2005
This was a mini series from 1985 and is presented here on two discs in compilation form, not in it's original episode form.
It's a series I thought bland at the time of first watching it, featuring far too much family background and concentrating less on the activities of the dictator. It was, however, a series that I'd remember every now and then and wanted to see again, thinking that it was probably a better series than I originally gave it credit for.
Having watched it on this release I was surprised by how good it actually is, more like an epic film than the TV programme it is.
It boasts an impressive cast, some of whom I'd forgotten was in it: George C Scott, Lee Grant, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Raul Julia, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Downey Jr, Gina Bellman, David Suchet.
Although it does have a lot of family related dialogue, it is a well constructed, very well acted drama and I found it all very engrossing. It lasts 5 hours 20 minutes and I watched it in one go.
It's not a 100% accurate version of what happened but it is a diverting piece of television.
DVD quality is okay but there are no extra features other than scene selection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic family history 20 Jan 2011
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I find this DVD set very good, with one exception, that is the part played of Hitler, it is totally unrealistic, as for the other characters , they are all excellently portrayed by a very good set of actors, this film does not only portray the historical data, but also seeks to portray the family life of this man, yes it may be said that he was a tyrant, but he also had a family that suffered greatly for his mistaken ways, perhaps the saddest examples are his daughter, whose husband Chiano was executed, what for ? is a good question, but Chiano's wife and children certainly suffered, , the other woman Claretta Petacci,also paid a terrible price for her perhaps foolish love of this man, but both these women were not involved in politics, therefor this film reveals aspects not all to often thought about, also Mussolin's wife suffers much, finally getting his remains back 11 years after his killing, yes this is a very good film, and well worth viewing, it could well do with some further details, as additional extras
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 29 Feb 2012
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Fascist Italy Meets Dallas. Not quite sure what the hell they were thinking of here or what actors of calibre were doing in it, but it is intriguing. Italy's role in the war and its aftermath is, as is well thought, deliberatly vague as a consequence of Cold War politics. Worth watching as study into revisionist history. The guy playing Hitler seems to have just walked off the set of Allo Allo. 3 stars for some very good shooting, costume, some genuine attempts here and there at historical accuracy and one or two genuinely good performances. You'll laugh until you realise you really shouldn't. Serious subject matter oddly handled.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mussolini: The true story 12 Jun 2009
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Having read almost everything written in English during the Fascist era, and in recent years by reliable historians, as well as discussing it with Italians, I'd say that this series is extraordinarily close to the event.

It depicts Mussolini as many politicians of other countries saw him; Churchill for one, who had a favourable view of him.

Mussolini was not a murderer, let alone a mass murderer. He often gets the blame for the activities of the Germans in Italy.

Regarding the acting, George C Scott had the difficult job of playing a man from the age of 39 to 61; not an easy task. He did it well.

Watching this pleasurable DVD will give you a good insight into Fascist Italy.
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