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Mayerling (1968)

Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Countess Larish (as Genevieve Page)
Andréa Parisy ...
Princess Stephanie (as Andrea Parisy)
Count Hoyos
Maurice Teynac ...
Moritz Szeps
Mony Dalmès ...
Baroness Vetsera (as Mony Dalmes)
Fabienne Dali ...
Mizzi Kaspar
Roger Pigaut ...
Count Karolyi
Bernard Lajarrige ...
Lisl Stockau (as Veronique Vendell)


Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.

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No one woman could satisfy him...until he fell in love.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related scenes | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mayerling faciasi  »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(Turner Classic Movies)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (UK release) (RCA Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally planned as a starring vehicle for the husband-and-wife team of Mel Ferrer and Audrey Hepburn, who had performed Mayerling for TV in 1957. See more »


Archduke Rudolf addresses the Prince of Wales as "Edward". Though he chose upon his accession in 1901 to reign as Edward VII, he was christened Albert Edward, was known prior to accession as Prince Albert (after whom, by the way, the brand of pipe tobacco was named), and was called by his family and close friends "Bertie". See more »


Archduke Rudolf: Where can I go? What shall I do?
Prince of Wales: You'll do the same thing as I shall do one day or another.
Archduke Rudolf: What's that?
Prince of Wales: Go back to my wife.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear against of a colour-changing background of glass frosted with ice flowers. At times, the ice is cleared, as though by a warm breath, and reveals the double-headed eagle of the Austro-Hungarian empire. See more »


Remake of Mayerling (1936) See more »


Composed by Adolphe Adam (as Adolphe Charles Adam)
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Better watch the 1936 version
19 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Mayerling is supposed to be a story of love and passion set in the backdrop of political turmoil in the austro-hungarian empire. The problem is there is very little passion in this movie. Catherine Deneuve, which I usually love, and Omar Sharif give such wooden performances that it is hard to imagine they would die of love. Ava Gardner is about as bad and James Mason does hardly better. Only James Robertson Justice and Genevieve Page seem to believe in what they are doing.

As far as the political story, you will not know very much more of the state of the empire after seing the movie. Characters drop by Omar Sharif once a while without enlightening us very much about their problems and goals. The only redeeming values are production values which are quite good. Better watch the original French movie with Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux.

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