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Mata Hari (1985)

Mata Hari is a beautiful Dutch-born dancer, working in Paris. It is August 1914 and war between France and Germany seems imminent. However, she accepts an invitation to travel to Berlin as ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Kristel ... Mata Hari
Christopher Cazenove ... Karl
Oliver Tobias ... Ladoux
Gaye Brown Gaye Brown ... Fraulein Doktor
Gottfried John ... Wolff
William Fox William Fox ... Maitre Clunet
Michael Anthony Michael Anthony ... Duke of Montmorency
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Prosecutor
Anthony Newlands ... Baron Joubert
Brian Badcoe Brian Badcoe ... General Messigny
Tutte Lemkow ... Ybarra
Taylor Ryan Taylor Ryan ... Contessa
Toby Rolt ... Jean Prevost (as Tobias Rolt)
Victor Langley Victor Langley ... Colonel Michaud
Nicholas Selby Nicholas Selby ... Von Jagow
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Storyline

Mata Hari is a beautiful Dutch-born dancer, working in Paris. It is August 1914 and war between France and Germany seems imminent. However, she accepts an invitation to travel to Berlin as part of a show. On the train she meets a young German army officer but any thoughts of romance are cut short when a French agent is murdered on the train, while in her company. She is arrested in Germany but freed when the German officer intervenes. While in Germany war breaks out and she is recruited by German Intelligence to spy on France. Written by grantss

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A dangerous lover. A treacherous spy. A beautiful seductress. See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

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R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Aposta, Mata Hari See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The type of exotic erotic oriental choreography portrayed in the picture was "Indonesian Dancing". The Mata Hari character played by Sylvia Kristel is of half Javanese descent, Java being an island situated in Indonesia. See more »

Alternate Versions

US DVD version is heavily cut. In the original international versions love scenes are much longer and much more graphic. See more »

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Featured in House of Harrington (2008) See more »

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Gorgeous photography in this much under-rated WWI picture
16 August 2006 | by Jimbo52See all my reviews

So what if some say this was "Awful"! The supporting cast under Miss Kristal is actually very good. Both the French and the Germans are believable. (What is it with lesbian German "fraulein doktors"?) :-) While the WWI battle scenes were rather poor for their lack of hundreds of extras, the details of what WAS shown is very commendable! Miss Kristal's best scene is where she stands at the edge of a trench and her coat drops to reveal for the first time her nurse's uniform (her costume for her spy duties). It doesn't sound dramatic, but the shot IS! The rest of the movie is just GORGEOUS with the European locations, set decoration and authentic props (including a steam locomotive!). It is a beautifully shot movie! You think you are back in 1916! If you enjoyed the location photography in THE BLUE MAX, you will also like MATA HARI! It may not be CITIZEN KANE but very watchable... many times, even!


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