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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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Countess Larish (as Genevieve Page)
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Princess Stephanie (as Andrea Parisy)
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Maurice Teynac ...
Moritz Szeps
Mony Dalmès ...
Baroness Vetsera (as Mony Dalmes)
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Roger Pigaut ...
Count Karolyi
Bernard Lajarrige ...
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Lisl Stockau (as Veronique Vendell)
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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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Drama | History | Romance

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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  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(Turner Classic Movies)

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

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Prince of Wales: Incidentally, why are there always red carpets?
Archduke Rudolf: Stations make great places for assassinations. On the red carpet, the blood doesn't show.
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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 »

Connections

Remake of Mayerling (1936) See more »

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The Waves of the Danube
Composed by Iosif Ivanovici
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Flawed, yet still impressive romance
13 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Although not up to the excellence of the classic 1936 film starring Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux, this remake of the tragic romance between Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria and commoner Maria Vetsera is still quite compelling. Omar Sharif is burdened with the worst haircut imaginable, yet when he looks longingly at lovely Catherine Deneuve, it should send your heart fluttering. And while Maria isn't as strongly written as the character should be, Deneuve projects innocent maturity beautifully. Ava Gardner and James Mason don't have much to do, but James Robertson Justice is a joy as Prince Edward of England. Extraordinary production values make it a visual delight. Finally, while the script fails to properly explain the political situation that would drive Rudolph to his drastic decision, director Terence Young builds the tension to heartbreaking pathos, with the final moments fully worthy of a great tearjerker.


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