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Colonel Redl (1985)

Oberst Redl (original title)
Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become ... See full summary »

Director:

István Szabó

Writers:

István Szabó (screenplay), Péter Dobai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Alfred Redl
Hans Christian Blech ... von Roden
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Thronfolger
Gudrun Landgrebe ... Katalin
Jan Niklas ... Christoph
László Mensáros ... Oberst Ruzitska
András Bálint András Bálint ... Dr. Sonnenschein
László Gálffi ... Velocchio
Dorottya Udvaros ... Clarisse
Károly Eperjes ... Leutnant Schorm
Róbert Rátonyi Róbert Rátonyi ... Baron Ullmann
Gábor Svidrony ... Redl als Kind
Éva Szabó Éva Szabó ... Redls Mutter
Tamás Major ... Baron Kubinyi
Mária Majláth Mária Majláth ... Baronin Kubinyi
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Storyline

Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become head of the Secret Police only to become ensnared in political deception. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Trivia

Burt Lancaster had tried to mount a version in the 50's. See more »


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Kaiser-Walzer
Written by Johann Strauss
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Too glamorous for its own good
8 November 1999 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

The film has an interesting (real) story to tell about the Austrian ruling class in the final days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, just before World War I. It does that by the focussing on the fortunes and misfortunes of its central character, Oberst Redl, a career-officer from comparatively humble origins.

The story is interesting, the performances are good, but this is still not a great film. Why? I often felt I was watching an adaptation of a stage play, e.g. the movie moves along at a very slow pace and is equally slow into getting us into the lead character. Moreover, I felt distracted by sets and costumes. Austrian uniforms from that period were very glamorous and so it is quite appropriate to use them, but the viewer is constantly subjected to all this glamour, distracting his or her attention from what the film really wants to say.


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Language:

German

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colonel Redl See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,357, 6 October 1985

Gross USA:

$2,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,357
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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