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The Great Waltz (1972)

Composer Johann Strauss becomes the "Waltz-King" and woos a baron's mistress in 19th-century Austria.


Andrew L. Stone


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Buchholz ... Johann Strauss Jr.
Mary Costa ... Jetty Treffz
Nigel Patrick ... Johann Strauss Sr.
Yvonne Mitchell ... Anna Strauss
Rossano Brazzi ... Baron Tedesco
Susan Robinson Susan Robinson ... Emilie Trampusch
George Howe George Howe ... Karl Frederick Hirsch
Vicki Woolf Vicki Woolf ... Lili Weyl
James Faulkner ... Josef Strauss
Lauri Lupino Lane Lauri Lupino Lane ... Donmayer
Paola Loew ... Princess Pauline Metternich
Ingrid Wayland Ingrid Wayland ... Theresa Strauß
Hermione Farthingale Hermione Farthingale ... Louise
Marty Allen ... Johann Herbeck
Lorna Nathan Lorna Nathan ... Olga


Composer Johann Strauss becomes the "Waltz-King" and woos a baron's mistress in 19th-century Austria.

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The joyful, songful, wonderful story of the life and music of Johann Strauss See more »


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Release Date:

1 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Valsa See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film was presented in the Cinerama format overseas. This would be the last film shown in Cinerama. See more »


All of the men's hairstyles and sideburns are strictly in the longer, trendy 1972 international mode, a far cry from 19th Century Austria. See more »


Featured in Strauss and Vienna: On Location: The Great Waltz (1972) See more »

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They don't make movies like this anymore - thank God!
24 January 2018 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

I've always loved the music of Johann Strauss. Years ago I drove to a small theater in South Milwaukee to see the 1938 MGM movie *The Great Waltz*, a schmaltzy but well-made concoction with the inimitable Meliza Korjus and the very aggravating Louise Reiner that was very loosely based on Strauss's life.

Also years ago I bought a recording of the 1949 musical *The Great Waltz*, on which this movie is very loosely based. Like *The Song of Norway*, which had been a huge success on Broadway in 1944, mostly because of its elaborate dance numbers, "The Great Waltz" was a Robert Wright/George Forrest concoction that used music by the composer whose biography was more or less the subject of the show.

I never saw that show, so I don't know how similar this 1972 movie is to it. What I do know, however, is that this movie is a lavishly staged disaster. The script, what there is of it, is all cliches. (The scene where Strauss comes up with the idea for *Tales from the Vienna Woods* is stolen, poorly, from the 1938 movie.) It is interrupted repeatedly for no clear reason by a series of elaborate but not very interesting dance numbers. (Imagine an unimaginative *Seven Brides for Seven Brothers*.)

Worse still, most of the characters are not likable. Strauss Jr. comes off as an unfeeling womanizer, like his father before him. Strauss' wife isn't likable enough to earn our sympathies, even though he is not good to her.

In short, there's really nothing to like in this movie other than Strauss's music, which is well performed, and the scenery and costumes. (Much of the movie was evidently filmed in Austria.) The 1938 *Great Waltz* is not a great movie and has more than its share of chiches, but it's still a lot more enjoyable than this sad remake.

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