Dracula (1979)

R  |   |  Horror, Romance  |  20 July 1979 (USA)
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Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Set in 1913 England, the bloodsucking, but handsome, charming and seductive, Count Dracula seeks an immortal bride.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Francis ...
Janine Duvitski ...
Teddy Turner ...
Walter (as Sylveste McCoy)
Kristine Howarth ...
Mrs. Galloway
Joe Belcher ...
Tom Hindley
Ted Carroll ...
Scarborough Sailor
Frank Birch ...
Gabor Vernon ...
Captain of Demeter


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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Release Date:

20 July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drácula  »

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$12,164,000 (estimated)

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According to the book "Lights! Camera! Scream!" (1983) by Stephen Mooser, Dracula's castle in this picture was not a real life location but a glass matte painted by special visual effects guru Albert Whitlock. See more »


When the ship that Dracula is on crashes into the rocks, we see Lucy (who was previously running in the pouring rain) now running in fog with completely dry hair and nightgown. See more »


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Beautiful Cinematography, Wonderful Cast, but This Is not My Favorite Adaptation of Bram Stocker's Novel
1 February 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Whitby, England, the sick Mina Van Helsing (Jan Francis) is spending some days with her friend Lucy Seward (Kate Nelligan) and her father Dr. Jack Seward (Donald Pleasence) in their house that is also an asylum at the seaside. When a ship wrecks on the coast, all the crew is dead and Mina helps the only survivor Count Dracula (Frank Langella), who has just bought the Fairfax Abbey through Lucy's fiancé Jonathan Harker (Trevor Eve). Soon Dracula drinks Mina's blood killing her. Dr. Seward summons Mina's father Prof. Abraham Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier) for the funeral but he arrives late. On the next night, the son of the patient Annie (Janine Duvitski) is attacked by Mina. Prof. Van Helsing discovers that his daughter is undead and the Count Dracula is a vampire. Now Van Helsing, Dr. Seward and Jonathan have to protect Lucy from the powerful vampire.

"Dracula" (1979) is an adaptation of Bram Stocker's novel with beautiful cinematography, haunting music score and a wonderful cast. However this is not my favorite adaptation of the novel. I prefer Werner Herzog "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht" of the same year and Francis Ford Coppola's version that was made thirteen years later (1992). My vote is six.

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