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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.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Claude Anet (novel), Michel Arnold (novel) (as Michael Arnold) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sharif ... Archduke Rudolf
Catherine Deneuve ... Maria Vetsera
James Mason ... Emperor Franz-Josef
Ava Gardner ... Empress Elizabeth
James Robertson Justice ... Prince of Wales
Geneviève Page ... Countess Larish (as Genevieve Page)
Andréa Parisy ... Princess Stephanie (as Andrea Parisy)
Ivan Desny ... Count Hoyos
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Moritz Szeps
Mony Dalmès Mony Dalmès ... Baroness Vetsera (as Mony Dalmes)
Moustache ... Bratfisch
Fabienne Dali ... Mizzi Kaspar
Roger Pigaut ... Count Karolyi
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Loschek
Véronique Vendell ... Lisl Stockau (as Veronique Vendell)
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Storyline

It's the late nineteenth century Austria. The Emperor Franz-Joseph and his son, the Crown Prince, Archduke Rudolf, have never seen eye to eye. While the Emperor retains the traditions of the empire in the rapidly changing world keeping it a police state, Rudolf is liberal, wanting to see the people have a say in what happens in their lives. Rudolf even rejected the Emperor's choice of a Spanish wife for him, he instead choosing Belgian Stephanie as his wife, that marriage which he himself never saw and will never see as anything more than a political alliance, Stephanie who he considers a shrew. While Rudolf has almost an unhealthy infatuation with his mother, the Empress Elizabeth, she has largely been an absent figure from Vienna and thus his life. As Franz-Joseph has had his steady mistress in Elizabeth's frequent absences, he has allowed Rudolf to have the same in the form of actress Mitzi Kaspar as the Emperor knows she could never be more than a dalliance and as she retains a ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mayerling faciası See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner Classic Movies)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track (UK release) (RCA Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When the Empress Elizabeth asks Maria Vetsera her age, she answers "20". She was in fact only 17 when she died a short time later. See more »

Quotes

Archduke Rudolf: I've tried travel, I've tried politics, gambling, drink, I don't fancy young men. So, what's left?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

There are 2 versions of this movie released on 2 DVD by Studio Canal France : The International Version and the French Version. Many scenes when Omar Shariff and Catherine Deneuve are together have been filmed twice, once in English and once in French. The editing and the running time is different. See more »

Connections

Referenced in When Father Was Away on Business (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Waves of the Danube
Composed by Iosif Ivanovici
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Splendid acting, sets, script. Wonderful movie.
13 December 1998 | by xena-notSee all my reviews

Omar Sharif and Catherine Deneuve were both so splendid and believable in their roles. The sets were superb. The script and acting were top drawer. Part of the pathos of the movie is that it was based on a true story. Seldom is it hard for me to find a drawback to a movie. This movie is one well worth seeing more than once. It was hard to find the video, but I did, and purchased it immediately. History buffs will be enthralled. Romantics will be satiated. Just can't say enough in praise of the movie.


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