Mussolini: Ultimo Atto (1974)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], War Drama  |   Run Time - 126 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Rod Steiger portrays Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in this internationally produced "how the mighty have fallen" biopic. In the waning days of the war, the once-strutting Il Duce hides from his pursuers like a common thief. He's hoping to fall into the hands of his former Axis comrades or the benign Allied troops, rather than suffer the vengeance of the out-for-blood Italian freedom fighters. But it is the latter group who reaches Mussolini first, ignominiously executing both the dictator and his mistress Clara Petracchi (Lisa Gastoni). This strangely cast period piece features Henry Fonda as a German cardinal and Franco Nero as an Italian officer. Originally titled Mussolini: Ultimo Atto, The Last Days of Mussolini was also issued as The Last Four Days.



dictator, execution, Fascism, Italian [nationality], war