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The Last Four Days

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The Last Four Days
The Last Four Days Poster.jpg
US Release Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Carlo Lizzani
Release Date 1974
Language Italian
Studio Aquila Cinematografica
Main Cast
Character Actor
Benito Mussolini Rod Steiger
Claretta Petacci Lisa Gastoni
Walter Audisio Franco Nero
Pierluigi Bellini delle Stelle Lino Capolicchio
Jack Donati Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Cardinale Schuster Henry Fonda

The Last Four Days (original title Mussolini: Ultimo atto - English: "The Last Act of Mussolini") is a 1974 Italian movie directed by Carlo Lizzani and starring Rod Steiger as Benito Mussolini and Franco Nero as Walter Audisio.

The following weapons were used in the film The Last Four Days:


Bodeo M1889

Benito Mussolini's (Rod Steiger) personal firearm is a revolver that appears to be a Bodeo M1889 (in reality Mussolini carried a Beretta M1934 pistol when he was captured).

Bodeo Model 1889 Type II - 10.4x22mm Italian
A partisan disarms Mussolini. The shape of the barrel matches Bodeo revolver.

Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are seen in hands of German officers.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German officer holds a Luger during the confrontation with Mussolini's guards.

Unidentified pistol

In one scene Walter Audisio (Franco Nero) draws a pistol but it is hardly seen. Most reasonable guess would be a Beretta M1934 but it's only a guess.

Last Four Days-Pistol-1.jpg

Submachine Guns

Beretta Model 38A

Many Italian soldiers, Mussolini's bodyguards and partisans carry Beretta Model 38A SMGs.

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm
Mussolini's bodyguards with SMGs are seen during the opening credits.
A partisan carries a Beretta 38A.
A partisan with Beretta 38A and Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenade.
One of the partisans of Walter Audisio's unit holds a Beretta 38A.


Most German soldiers are armed with MP40s. MP0s are also used by partisans, notably Walter Audisio (Franco Nero) uses an MP40 to execute Mussolini and Claretta Petacci (in real history Audisio used a MAS-38).

MP40 - 9x19mm
German soldiers with MP40 during a confrontation with Mussolini's guards.
A partisan in the middle holds an MP40.
Pierluigi Bellini delle Stelle (Lino Capolicchio), a partisan commander, holds his MP40.
A German soldier with MP40 is seen at the left.
A soldier hands an MP40 to Mussolini (Rod Steiger) who is disguised as a German.
A partisan fires his MP40.
German soldiers with MP40.

M1928A1 Thompson

OSS operatives, including Capt. Jack Donati (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart), are armed with M1928A1 Thompsons.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
An OSS operative carries a Thompson.
Donati's men in ambush.
Capt. Donati with Thompson and two Mk 2 hand grenades.


In one scene a female Blackshirt holds a MAS-38.

MAS-38 Submachine gun - 7.65mm
Last Four Days-MAS36-1.jpg

FNA-B 43

Several partisans, including Walter Audisio (Franco Nero), carry FNA-B 43 SMGs.

FNA-B 43 - 9x19mm
One of partisans, arresting a Fascist functioneer, carries a FNA-B 43 SMG.
A partisan at the left is armed with a FNA-B 43.
Walter Audisio with FNA-B 43.


Several Blackshirs and partisans are seen with TZ-45 SMGs.

TZ-45 - 9x19mm
Francesco Maria Barracu (uncredited), a high-rank Fascist functioneer, holds a TZ-45 during the confrontation with Germans.
A close view of Barracu's SMG.
A partisan at the right is armed with a TZ-45.
A partisan with TZ-45 in a German lorry.


Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle

Several Italian partisans carry Carcano M91/38 Short Rifles.

Carcano M91/38 - 6.5x52 mm
A partisan at the right holds a Carcano short rifle.
A partisan at the left holds a Carcano short rifle.

Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine

Many Italian partisans are armed with Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbines.

Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine with folded bayonet - 6.5x52 mm
Several Carcano carbines are seen among abandoned weapons.
A partisan at the left carries a Carcano carbine.
A close view of the folding bayonet.
A partisan with Carcano carbine in the final scene.

Mauser Gewehr 98

Several Italian partisans carry Mauser Gewehr 98 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A partisan at the left carries a Gewehr 98.
A partisan in the middle is armed with a Mauser rifle, long enough to be a Gewehr 98.

Mauser Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k rifles are used by both German soldiers and Italian partisans.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A partisan in the middle carries a 98k rifle.
German soldiers in the lorry hold 98k rifles.
A close view of the barrels of 98k rifles.

Machine Guns


An MG42 machine gun is used by Germans in one scene.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Last Four Days-MG42-1.jpg

Breda Modello 30

A Breda Modello 30 light machine gun is seen in one scene.

Breda Modello 30 - 6,5 mm Carcano.
A Breda is seen among abandoned weapons.


A light machine gun that resembles a Bren is seen mounted on a German car. Similar machine gun is used by partisans.

Bren Mk2 - .303
A machine gun is mounted on a car.
A curved magazine can be seen.
Parisan with machine gun in ambush.

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are carried by both German soldiers and Italian partisans.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A German soldier at the right carries a Model 24 grenade.
A partisan carries a Model 24 grenade tucked at his belt.

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

OSS operatives, including Capt. Jack Donati (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart), and Italian partisans carry Mk 2 hand grenades.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Capt. Donati with M1928A1 Thompson SMG and two Mk 2 hand grenades.
A partisan carries a Mk 2 hand grenade.


Half-track Armored Car

An armored car of Blackshirts appears to be an M3 half-track carrier with a tank turret (supposedly fake).

Last Four Days-ArmoredCar-1.jpg
Last Four Days-ArmoredCar-2.jpg
Last Four Days-ArmoredCar-3.jpg

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