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Dracula (1979)

In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

W.D. Richter (screenplay), Hamilton Deane (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Langella ... Count Dracula
Laurence Olivier ... Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Jack Seward
Kate Nelligan ... Lucy Seward
Trevor Eve ... Jonathan Harker
Jan Francis ... Mina Van Helsing
Janine Duvitski Janine Duvitski ... Annie
Tony Haygarth ... Milo Renfield
Teddy Turner ... Swales
Sylvester McCoy ... Walter (as Sylveste McCoy)
Kristine Howarth ... Mrs. Galloway
Joe Belcher ... Tom Hindley
Ted Carroll ... Scarborough Sailor
Frank Birch ... Harbormaster
Gabor Vernon ... Captain of Demeter
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Storyline

When a ship is wrecked off Whitby, the only survivor, Count Dracula, is discovered lying on the beach by the sickly young Mina Van Helsing, who is visiting her dear friend Lucy Seward. Lucy, her fiancé Jonathan Harker (a solicitor), and her father Dr. Jack Seward (who runs the local asylum) try to make the Count feel welcome to England. The Count quickly takes the life of Mina, and proceeds to romance Lucy, with the intention of making her his greatest bride. Soon after the death of Mina, the Sewards call her father Dr. Abraham Van Helsing to come to their home. As Lucy falls deeper under the spell of the Count, Dr. Van Helsing almost immediately comes to understand that his daughter fell prey to a vampire and discovers the culprit to be none other than the Count himself. Dr. Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, and Harker work together to foil the Count's plans to take Lucy away to his native Transylvania. Written by Hillary Glendinning (jujbee_luna@yahoo.com)

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Throughout history, one name has inspired both horror and desire. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Romance

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Dutch | Romanian | Russian

Release Date:

20 December 1979 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Drácula See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,164,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,141,281, 20 July 1979

Gross USA:

$20,158,970

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,235,812
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "Lights! Camera! Scream!" (1983) by Stephen Mooser, Dracula's castle in this movie was not a real-life location, but a glass matte painted by Visual Effects Guru Albert Whitlock. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double when Dracula kills Van Helsing with a stake. See more »

Quotes

Count Dracula: Lucy, come! Come to me!
[Lucy runs into Dracula's arms, and he embraces her]
Count Dracula: No, you must go on a bit longer as a creature of the sun. Only until we have left behind those who would destroy us.
Lucy Seward: And then?
Count Dracula: Then you will join me on a higher plane... feeding on them. We will create more of our kind, Lucy.
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Alternate Versions

Director John Badham intended to film the movie in black and white but was forced by the studio to shoot in Technicolor. When the movie was re-released on laserdisc in 1991, at the behest of Badham, the lush color was drained from the film. All subsequent home video releases feature the desaturated print. See more »

Connections

References Count Dracula (1977) See more »

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Vastly Underrated in it's day but a stylish Victorian Version.
28 March 2007 | by ozthegreatat42330See all my reviews

Frank Langella essays an excellent portrayal of the suave and commanding Count Dracula. And he is surrounded with a powerhouse cast, including Sir Laurence Olivier as van Helsing and Donald Pleseance as Dr, Seward. helped by the magnificent English scenery and splendid sets, such as the Carfax Abbey set with it's thousands of candles when Mina comes to dine. Also the character of Renfield is much more of a sympathetic creature in this version. This production, as was the 1931 Universal version, was taken by the Hamilton dean play, with quite a few script additions. And I agree with the young woman who said that she could understand how this Dracula, with his oozing sensuality, could so easily draw women to him. Of all the screen Draculas Langella is the one with the most sex appeal. Finally to round out the charms of this film is the fantastic sound score created by John Williams. (Where does he find the time to do all these film scores? And all of them so great.) Surprisingly, when it first opened this film version was a flop, which I feel was undeserved. But time has shown it to be a much better film than deemed.


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