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The Crown Prince
Kronprinz Rudolf
KronprinzRudolfCover.jpg
Movie Poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria
FRA.jpg France
GER.jpg Germany
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Robert Dornhelm
Release Date April 30, 2006
Language English
German
Hungarian
Studio EOS Entertainment
MR Filmproduktion
Distributor Beta Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Crown Prince Rudolf Max von Thun
Mary Baroness Vetsera Vittoria Puccini
Emperor Franz Joseph Klaus Maria Brandauer
Empress Elisabeth Sandra Ceccarelli
Archduke Johann Salvator Fritz Karl
Hans Canon Omar Sharif
Moriz Szeps Joachim Król
Count Eduard Taaffe Christian Clavier
Emperor Wilhelm II Robert Stadlober
Count Bombelles Karl Markovics


The Crown Prince is a 2006 television film that deals with the last ten years of the life of the Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf von Habsburg. Austria 1879: With his liberal political visions of a united Europe, the young Crown Prince Rudolf is an outsider at the court of Emperor Franz-Joseph. But in his private life, too, the heir to the throne struggles in vain for the affection of his conservative father. Under pressure from his parents, Rudolf agrees to a marriage of convenience with Stephanie of Belgium for political reasons. But his true love belongs to another woman: the young baroness Mary Vetsera.

The 1968 movie Mayerling tells a similar story in which Omar Sharif alongside Catherine Deneuve and James Mason, embodies the crown prince Rudolf.


The following weapons were used in the film The Crown Prince:


Handguns

Gasser-Kropatschek M1876

A Gasser-Kropatschek revolver is seen with Crown Prince Rudolf (Max von Thun).

Gasser-Kropatschek M1876 - 9x26mm Gasser
Rudolf fantasizes with the revolver.
He offers it to Mary (Vittoria Puccini)...
...but she rejected.
The Gasser-Kropatschek lies on the table caressed by Rudoolf.

Flintlock Pistol

An Oriental-style Flintlock Pistol is seen hanging on a wall.

Turkish Flintlock Pistol
KronprinzRudolf-FlintlockPistol1.jpg

Rifles

Werndl M1867

Some Werndl M1867 rifles are used by Austro-Hungarian soldiers.

Infanteriegewehr Modell 1867, System Werndl/Holub - 11.15x42mmR
Several Werndl rifles can be seen at the camp of the Hungarian regiment.
A closer view of one Werndl carried by a soldier. Note the position of the rear sight; which is further away from the receiver. Also the open end of the end barrel at the cleaning rod. Both are features of the early M1867 and M1873 variant.

Mannlicher M1895

During a maneuver in 1888, Austro-Hungarian soldiers are seen with anachronistic Mannlicher M1895 rifles which stand in for the M1886 and M1888 variants. These rifles are correctly called "Mannlicher" by Emperor Wilhelm II (Robert Stadlober). However, it is hard to tell if these rifles are the original or the 1930 converted version.

Steyr Infanteriegewehr Modell 1895/30 - 8x56mmR Mannlicher
Four soldiers watched by both Emperors test their Mannlicher rifles.
Numourous soldiers with their rifles slung over their shoulder.

Flintlock Musket

What appears to be Ottoman Muskets are seen hanging on a wall.

Ottoman Musket
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KronprinzRudolf-Musket2.jpg

Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

Crown Prince Rudolf and other hunters can be seen using 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) - 12 gauge
Rudolf emerges from the woods with his shotgun.
A closer view of the two hammers.

Drilling

A Drilling is used by Count Bombelles (Karl Markovics) and Archduke Johann Salvator (Fritz Karl) during the hunting.

Three-barreled Drilling combination gun, marked Waffenhaus Kneifel-Eisenreich - 16 gauge & .303 British
KronprinzRudolf-Drilling1.jpg
Two views of the Drilling's muzzle.
Count Bombelles fires his Drilling at a bird.
Johann Salvator carries a Drilling while talking to Rudolf.

Single Barreled Shotgun

Some hunters are also seen with Single Barreled Shotgun. Emperor Franz Joseph (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and Rudolf use them, as well.

The hunter to the left holds his single barreled shotgun.
Franz Joseph and Rudolf with their shotguns.
KronprinzRudolf-SingleShotgun3.jpg
Franz Joseph aims his shotgun.
The muzzles of both shotguns are seen.

Other

Cannons

Several cannons can be seen.

KronprinzRudolf-Cannon1.jpg

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