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    Unique ID Code: 0000023576
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 6/10/2001 21:19
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    Tea With Mussolini (US)

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    A Story of Civilized Disobediance
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 117 mins
    Retail Price: $14.95
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    Florence, Italy on the brink of WWII - it was a time of social unrest and, of course - afternoon tea. Join Oscar winner Cher and an incredible cast of leading ladies as they host this radiant, beautiful film, that is worth savoring. Pre-war Florence is the place to be for any proper British woman who relishes culture and the arts. These ladies have everything they could ever want or need - including a promise from Dictator Mussolini himself that not even the imminent World War will impose upon their lifestyle. But when it appears that his word is not kept, and these expatriates - who chose to stay in Italy instead of seeking refuge in their own country - are in trouble, it takes a young outcast boy and a brazen American woman to keep them in the high life and out of harm`s way.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Collectible "Making of" Booklet
    Original Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
    Pan & Scan 1.33:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Franco Zeffirelli

    Written By:

    Charlie Lucas
    Baird Wallace
    Lily Tomlin
    Maggie Smith
    Joan Plowright
    Judi Dench

    Casting By:
    Emma Style
    Mirta Guarnaschelli

    Soundtrack By:
    Alessio Vlad
    Stefano Arnaldi

    Director of Photography:
    David Watkin

    Tariq Anwar

    Costume Designer:
    Alberto Spiazzi
    Ermanno Daelli
    Jenny Beavan
    Anna Anni

    Giovannella Zannoni
    Riccardo Tozzi
    Pippo Pisciotto
    Clive Parsons
    Frederick Muller

    Executive Producer:
    Marco Chimenz

    Metro Goldwyn Mayer

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    A wonderful movie that describes the life of a group of English and American women in Italy before and during WWII. The plot is very good and the acting is as well (despite Cher`s participation).
    The video transfer is ok. While there are no compression signs at all, several scenes reveal some dust particles. Still, it`s nothing major and the landscapes of Italy are all very nice.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is a bit flat, but I guess you cannot expect this kind of a movie to utilize the surrounds very often. Still, the dialog is always clear.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The disk contains no extras whatsoever.
    Bottom line - a very nice movie, that is, unfortunately, presented in a rather mediocre disk.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 6/10/2001 21:41