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Gerald Savory (adaptation)
Bram Stoker (novel)
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Release Date:
1 March 1978 (USA) See more »
For those familiar with Bram Stoker's novel, this adaptation follows the book quite closely in most respects... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Philip Saville 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerald Savory  adaptation
Bram Stoker  novel "Dracula"

Produced by
Morris Barry .... producer
Original Music by
Kenyon Emrys-Roberts 
Cinematography by
Peter Hall 
Film Editing by
Richard Bedford 
Rod Waldron (videotape editor)
Production Design by
Michael Young 
Costume Design by
Kenneth Morey 
Makeup Department
Suzan Broad .... makeup artist
Production Management
Denis Curran .... production manager
Sound Department
Derek Miller-Timmins .... studio sound
John Pritchard .... film sound
Anthony Sloman .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Mickey Edwards .... visual effects assistant
Tony Harding .... visual effects designer
A.J. Mitchell .... special video effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard King .... studio lighting
Editorial Department
John Barclay .... vision mixer
Bill Stephan .... on-line editor
Music Department
Kenyon Emrys-Roberts .... conductor
Other crew
Dick Bailey .... title designer
Fiona Cumming .... production assistant
Sally Head .... script editor
Roselyn Parker .... production assistant
Ros Wolfes .... production assistant (as Rosalind Wolfes)

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Additional Details

150 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

When first shown on British television in December 1977, the film was shown all in one evening lasting 155 minutes. When it was repeated (twice) in 1979, it was split into three episodes shown on consecutive nights. A repeat screening in 1993 was split into two episodes.See more »
Continuity: Jonathan Harker's shaving mirror, while it is hanging on the wall, is clearly made up of one large central panel and four beveled panels at the edges. However, when Dracula takes it and waves his hand over it, it consists of only one large, flat panel.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Version of Hay que matar a Drácula (1968) (TV)See more »


Is this version of "Dracula" very faithful to the original novel?
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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A Halloween tradition for 25 years, 14 November 2004
Author: Am3bi from usa

One of my favorite horror movies of all time. I saw this movie on PBS when it first premiered back in '77 or '78. I recorded it a couple of years later and have watched it almost every Halloween since. My kids have grown up with this as a tradition. Sometimes we skip a year or two but always come back to this classic.

For me the movie captures the essence of the book. Several of my favorite scenes are not necessarily the most important. In the opening while Jonathan is riding in the carriage and they pass the woman praying at the roadside shrine. Waiting all alone at the pass in the dead of night. The arrival of the Count's carriage. The late dinner with gold table service. The great scene of Jonathan shaving and the Count's sudden appearance unreflected in the mirror and his comment "The problem with mirrors is they don't show enough" as he nonchalantly drops the mirror out the window. Jonathan's growing horror as he begins to realize he's trapped. His escape to the decrepit chapel were he finds the blood stained vampires entranced in their coffins. The dreamy waltz like nightmares of Lucy's seduction. The rose pedals falling. Professor Van Helsling's scene where he's making cocoa; handing the first cup to his guest, joined by another he hands his next cup to him and then again until he's eventually made cocoa for everyone. The scene in the woods with Van Helsling, Mina and the three brides of Dracula (especially the terrorized horses bolting). The return to castle Dracula in the light of day.

Dracula is portrayed as both supernatural and human (never melodramatic or campy), very European, very Old World and of course, very tragic. He even is Biblical in his comments that "I make this world my domain" like Satan going to and fro, to and fro in the world.

For me great stories always have a feeling as if they were going on before we arrived and will continue after we leave. This story is like that. I feel as if the story does indeed go way back. And though it has a logical ending it seems as if it will go on. Truly a classic.

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