Mussolini – The Untold Story
“Mussolini: The Untold Story” (7 x 60′, HD, 1985).
Starring Academy Award-winner George C. Scott as Benito Mussolini. Telecast on NBC in U.S. in November 1985 and in more than 100 countries. The balanced story spans “Il Duce’s” beginnings in 1922 when he gathered power through his Black Shirt militia in Italy and winds its way through his many military and political accomplishments and failures. Unlike other filmed accounts of the man, this version equally focuses on him as a dedicated husband, devoted father, and passionate lover. It ends with his and his mistress’ demise at the hands of an angry mob on a roadside near Milan in 1945. Also stars Academy Award-winner Lee Grant, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Raul Julia, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Downey, Jr., and Virginia Madsen as his mistress. The script was written by Stirling Silliphant (Academy Award for “In the Heat of the Night”) and directed by Billy Graham (“21 Hours Over Munich”).