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Count Dracula (1 Mar. 1978)

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For those familiar with Bram Stoker's novel, this adaptation follows the book quite closely in most respects. Jonathan Harker visits the Count in Transylvania to help him with preparations ... See full summary »

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Susan Penhaligon ...
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Richard Barnes ...
Ann Queensberry ...
Mrs. Westenra
George Raistrick ...
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Michael Macowan ...
Mr. Hawkins (as Michael MacOwan)
Susie Hickford ...
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For those familiar with Bram Stoker's novel, this adaptation follows the book quite closely in most respects. Jonathan Harker visits the Count in Transylvania to help him with preparations to move to England. Harker becomes Dracula's prisoner and discovers Dracula's true nature. After Dracula makes his way to England, Harker becomes involved in an effort to track down and destroy the Count, eventually chasing the vampire back to his castle. Written by Cameron Fairchild <fairchop@ix.netcom.com>

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Trivia

Bruce Wightman who has a bit part in this was a expert on Bram Stoker and founder of the Dracula Soctiey. See more »

Goofs

The shaving mirror scene: when Harker moves, there is a slight but noticeable delay, with his reflection moving just before he does. This occurs a few times, and makes it obvious that a trick mirror (possibly a Chromakey screen) is being used. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wilhelmina 'Mina' Westenra: You'll write often?
Jonathan Harker: Every day, Mina, I promise.
Wilhelmina 'Mina' Westenra: And I promise to study my shorthand so that I shall be able to do your letters when we're married.
Lucy Westenra: Jonathan! Jonathan! Time for you to go.
Jonathan Harker: Yes, of course.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are superimposed over the infamous German woodcuts depicting the crimes of the historical Voivode Vlad Dracula. See more »

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Version of Dracula in Pakistan (1967) See more »

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Interesting take on Bram Stoker's classic...
24 February 2003 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Directed "Masterpiece Theater" style and featuring a mondo bizarre performance from Louis Jordan as the Count (check out those eyes!) that is so bad it's good and often just plain creepy, this is the lost "classic" of the myriad of Dracula film/TV adaptations. This isn't high art (for high art see both versions of "Nosferatu"), but as a literary adaptation, this is near perfection. With it's reserved Victorian settings and sufficiently Gothic scenes of fog, castles, manors and moors, you get the feeling that these are the types of scenes Bram Stoker envisioned when writing his vampire tale. Although I am big fan of Coppola's 1992 version of the tale, this version is probably the most faithful to the book and to Stoker's vision. Kudos to the BBC.


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