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The Last 4 Days (1974)

Mussolini ultimo atto (original title)
In 1945, the dictator of fascist Italy and Hitler's close ally Benito Mussolini faces defeat. In a desperate attempt to avoid capture, he tries to flee the country with his lover Claretta Petacci, but Italian partisans are on their tail.

Director:

Carlo Lizzani

Writers:

Fabio Pittorru (idea and historical research), Fabio Pittorru (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... Benito Mussolini
Franco Nero ... Walter Audisio 'Valerio'
Lisa Gastoni ... Claretta Petacci
Lino Capolicchio ... Pierluigi Bellini delle Stelle 'Pedro'
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Raffaele Cadorna
Andrea Aureli ... Francesco Maria Barracu
Bruno Corazzari ... Lt. Fritz Birzer
Rodolfo Dal Pra Rodolfo Dal Pra ... Rodolfo Graziani (as Rodolfo Dal Pra')
Francesco Di Federico Francesco Di Federico
Manfred Freyberger Manfred Freyberger ... Otto Kisnat
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi
Umberto Raho ... Guido Leto
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Jack Donati
Massimo Sarchielli ... Alessandro Pavolini
Bill Vanders Bill Vanders ... Hans Fallmeyer (as Bill Wanders)
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In 1945, the dictator of fascist Italy and Hitler's close ally Benito Mussolini faces defeat. In a desperate attempt to avoid capture, he tries to flee the country with his lover Claretta Petacci, but Italian partisans are on their tail.

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The true story of the greatest manhunt of the century!


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last 4 Days See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Aquila Cinematografica See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (partly)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Rod Steiger at His Brilliant Best as Usual
3 December 2013 | by budgetcostsSee all my reviews

The story of the last tragic days of Benito Mussolini is not well known, even by readers and students of history and specifically World War 2. The end for Il Duce came swift and dramatically. It was a fine line of circumstances that could have either seen him escape to Switzerland or return to Germany to join Adolf Hitler in his last days. The fact of what happened to Mussolini is sad, tragic, a terrible end for a man that was the galvanizing force for the rebirth and revitalization of a new and reformed Italy when Il Duce took power in 1922. For Adolf Hitler it was Mussolini who had always been a role model and an icon of the new philosophy of National Socialism. What happened to Benito Mussolini is a disgrace for such a great and visionary man that only wanted the best for the Italian people. Rod Steiger is superb as always as Il Duce. He reprized his role 6 years later in 'Lion of the Desert' 1980 when he played the visionary leader once more. Excellent film by Lizzani a master Director and sad to hear of his death just 3 months ago. Magnificent film.


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