Rod Steiger is absolutely incredible as Mussolini. He faces his last days on earth having to make several major decisions as his life and nation fall apart around him. Franco Nero plays an Italian partisan officer who is assigned to kill Mussolini. Heís passionate about killing the man and wonít let anything stand in the way of his mission. Lisa Gastoni is excellent as Mussoliniís wife who, like any loyal wife, wants to be with her husband through thick and thin. Henry Fonda is Cardinal Schuster, who tries to help Mussolini but ultimately fails.