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This romantic tragedy concerns the Archduke Rudolf (Omar Sharif) and his mistress, the Baroness Maria Vetsera (Catherine Deneuve), and their untimely demise at Mayerling, the sight of the Austrian royal family's hunting lodge. Rudolf verbally spars with his father Emperor Franz-Josef (James Mason) about wanting to implement progressive policies for his country. Ava Gardner plays his mother Empress Elizabeth. Rudolf also contends with the fallout from a loveless marriage with Princess Stephanie (Andrea Parisy). Respectful of the centuries-old Hapsburg family rule over Austria, Rudolf soon feels he is a man born at the wrong time in a country that will not realize the need for social reform. The Prince of Wales (James Robertson-Justice), later to become Britain's King Edward VII, provides the only comic relief with his dialogue. The deaths remain a mystery, but director Terence Young suggests the two lovers made a suicide pact when they decided they could not live in a world without love where the prospects for peace were dubious at best. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Omar Sharif
as Crown Prince Rudolf
Catherine Deneuve
as Maria Vetsera
James Mason
as Emperor Franz Josef
Ava Gardner
as Empress Elizabeth
James Robertson Justice
as Prince Of Wales
Geneviève Page
as Countess Larisch
Andréa Parisy
as Princess Stephanie
Ivan Desny
as Count Josef Hoyos
Fabienne Dali
as Mizzi Kaspar
Jean-Claude Bercq
as Duke Michael of Braganza
Jacques Dorfmann
as Rioting Student
Roger Lumont
as Inspector Losch
as Bratfisch
Roger Pigaut
as Count Karolyi
Jean-Michel Rouziere
as Police Superintendent
Alain Saury
as Baltazzi
Howard Vernon
as Prince Montenuevo
Irene von Meyendorf
as Countess Stockau
Mony Dalmes
as Baroness Helen Vetsera
Stuart Anthony
as Head Gardener
Jacques Berthier
as Prince John Salvator
Charles Millot
as Count Taafe
Maurice Teynac
as Mortiz Szeps
Véronique Vendell
as Lisi Stockau
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Visually opulent but emotionally inert.

Jan 7, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Mostly a pretty bore -- enlivened by bizarre casting and amusingly stilted dialogue.

Aug 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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