|Hanna Schygulla||Effi Briest|
|Wolfgang Schenck||Baron Geert von Instetten|
|Ulli Lommel||Major Crampas|
|Karlheinz Böhm||Geheimrat Wullersdorf|
|Ursula Stratz||Roswitha, Kindermädchen|
When 17-year-old Effi Briest marries the elderly Baron von Instetten, she moves to a small, isolated Baltic town and a house that she fears is haunted. Because of her husband's constant traveling, Effi finds companionship with Major Crampas, a charismatic womanizer. Several years later, details about the relationship between Effi and Crampas come to light, with disastrous consequences for her marriage.