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The Crown Prince (2006)

Kronprinz Rudolf (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Movie 30 April 2006
A retelling of the tragic love affair between Austrian Archduke Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vetsera.

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Robert Dornhelm
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Cast

Credited cast:
Max von Thun Max von Thun ... Rudolf
Vittoria Puccini ... Mary Vetsera
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caroline Athanasiadis Caroline Athanasiadis ... Female Opera Singer
Gabriel Barylli Gabriel Barylli ... Miguel de Braganza
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Emperor Franz-Joseph
Renate Brandtner Renate Brandtner ... Gisela
Andrew Burey Andrew Burey ... Albrecht
Wolfgang Böck ... Bratfisch
Sandra Ceccarelli ... Empress Elisabeth 'Sisi'
Julia Cencig Julia Cencig ... Marie Larisch
Christian Clavier ... Prime Minister Taaffe
Hilde Dalik Hilde Dalik ... Anna (at Madame Wolf's)
Stefanie Dvorak Stefanie Dvorak ... Ida Ferenczy
Saskia Fanta Saskia Fanta ... Maid Erna
Manfred Feller Manfred Feller ... Petitioner
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Storyline

The film recounts the last years of the life of the Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf of Hapsburg until his tragic death in Mayerling. They are highlighted the difficult relationship with his father, the Emperor Franz Joseph, and the affectionate bond with his mother, the Empress Sissi; the failed marriage to Stephanie of Belgium; and his romantic relationships with the prostitute Mizzi Kaspar and the young Baroness Mary Vetsera, together with whom he will die in Mayerling. The film endorses the reconstruction according to which the Archduke apparently committed suicide, overwhelmed not only by a role that weighed and imprisoned, but also from the disappointment due to the low esteem that his father would usually express.

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Taglines:

Rudolf - The true story of a royal rebel and his tragic love.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Austria | France | Germany | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2006 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crown Prince See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Budget:

€11,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 episodes) | (original length) | (TV premiere) (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Max Von Thun is a descendant of Sophie Chotek, the spouse of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He was a first cousin of his character in this mini series. See more »

Goofs

When Rudolf is having sex with Maria (Mary), a large tattoo on Max's upper left arm is visible through the poor makeup job. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Germany, broadcasting network ARD cut 85 minutes, leaving out the plot's political aspects to concentrate on the love story. Being a two-part movie in the original Austrian version, it was shown in one part. See more »

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Good story but smutty
14 January 2019 | by mgfineartSee all my reviews

I just happened upon this two part movie while scrolling for period dramas. The casting is excellent, as other reviewers have noted, and the cinematography, costumes, etc., are top notch. What I find disturbing are the many sex scenes that seem to be creeping in to every movie made nowadays. I will not watch the smut so I found myself fast forwarding through much of it. This Prince apparently spent half his time in bordellos of one sort or another. There are ways to indicate what's going on without zooming into the action and forcing it on the audience after all-remember Rhett Butler carrying Scarlet up the stairs? For those of us who want to see clean historical dramas I guess we are just stuck with Jane Austen.


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