The Sprocket Vault announced this past week that director William A. Graham’s 1985 Emmy-nominated mini-series, Mussolini: The Untold Story, will be released on Apr. 18 as a double-disc DVD edition.
George C. Scott portrays the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, in this sprawling tale that begins with his rise to power in 1922 and ends with his roadside execution near Lake Como on Apr. 28, 1945 by Italian partisans.
While it is hard to work up much sympathy for this ruthless dictator, he was nevertheless a key player in European politics throughout the 1920s and 1930s and brought Italy into World War II as an ally of Germany.
Of note, this 1985 production features a rather interesting cast that includes a very young Robert Downey, Jr. as one of Mussolini’s sons (Bruno) and another yet-to-be-star, Gabriel Byrne, as his other son Vittorio. Lee Grant plays Mussolini’s wife, while Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is Edda, his daughter, and newcomer Virginia Madsen is his mistress, Claretta, who meets the same fate as Benito.