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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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He has walked through centuries, untouched by time. He has seen empires rise and fall. He possesses the wisdom of the ages. See more »


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20 July 1979 (USA)  »

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Drácula  »

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$12,164,000 (estimated)

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This movie was based upon the second revived theatrical production of the original "Dracula" play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. It is a play in three acts set in Purley, England during the 1920s. This third Broadway production opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York on 20th October 1977 and ran for 925 performances until 6th January 1980. The same Universal Studio's earlier Dracula (1931) film had also been based on this stage play, the play having been revived on Broadway in around April 1931 at the Revival Royale Theatre. The play was first performed on Broadway at the Original Fulton Theatre between the 5th October 1927 and May 1928. See more »


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Count Dracula: Lucy, come! Come to me!
[Lucy runs into Dracula's arms, and he embraces her]
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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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To my mind, the best of all Draculas
24 September 2007 | by (Nagareyama City; Japan) – See all my reviews

Now, I'm going to forward a controversial comment. This is the BEST adaptation of Dracula yet seen and miles better than Coppola's version.

I liked this adaptation because it was a subtle take on the old legend, needing neither the overblown pretension of Coppola's rather lurid and purple-prosy presentation, nor the schlocky elements of the Hammer versions (as good as they are).

Frank Langella really was the definitive Count. He carried the role off with charm and calculation, making him far more rounded a character than Oldman did (but maybe not with the poignancy). What makes the difference though, is that Langella gets first-class back-up while (with the exception of Anthony Hopkins) Oldman was left on his own by the woodenly gruesome performances of the supporting cast (Wynona Ryder and especially Keanu Reeves were the chief culprits here). Kate Nelligan, Sir Larry and Donald Pleasance were in fine form and Trevor Eve made more of the Jonathan Harker character than Reeves ever could. Jan Francis made a believably frail Mina.

What really makes this film so good though is the superbly Gothic atmosphere. The set for the Count's castle was suitably creepy and the cinematography added to the feel of the period. Technically, Badham's version shows how much has now been lost by the reliance on CGI and digital add-ons.

That this Dracula takes it's cue from the stage adaptation rather than Stoker's original book adds a welcome element of variety. So what if it's not faithful? Does it matter? Very few films these days have this level of class and genuine skill injected into them. John Badham's version has been criminally underrated for years and slagged off by far too many ill-informed pedants. Judge for yourself. Maybe you will disagree about which adaptation is best but , pound to a penny, you won't regret watching it.

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