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Director:
Writers:
W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 July 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Throughout history he has filled the hearts of men with terror, and the hearts of women with desire. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Underrated adaptation of Stoker's classic See more (116 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
John Badham 
 
Writing credits
W.D. Richter (screenplay)

Hamilton Deane (play) and
John L. Balderston (play)

Bram Stoker (novel)

Produced by
Marvin Mirisch .... executive producer (as Marvin E. Mirisch)
Walter Mirisch .... producer
Tom Pevsner .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Peter Murton 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Ackland-Snow 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Susie Hill .... hair stylist
Colin Jamison .... hair stylist
Peter Robb-King .... makeup artist
Jane Royle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hugh Harlow .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Gavigan .... second unit director
Anthony Wave .... assistant director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Andy Andrews .... property master
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
Reg Richards .... construction manager
Peter Young .... set dresser
Andy Aitken .... plasterer (uncredited)
Dennis Murray .... plasterer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Robin Gregory .... sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recordist
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator
Jeremy Hume .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special effects
Michael Dawson .... special effects assistant
Tad Krzanowski .... special effects (uncredited)
Michael White .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Maurice Binder .... visual consultant
Brian Smithies .... models
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eddie Powell .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Berner .... assistant camera
Leslie Dear .... additional photographer
Wick Finch .... electrician
Roy Ford .... camera operator
Ray Hall .... grip
Harry Oakes .... additional photographer
Bob Penn .... still photographer (as Robert Penn)
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
Peter Taylor .... assistant camera
Roy Larner .... best boy (uncredited)
Marc Wolff .... pilot: camera helicopter (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Chris Ridsdale .... assistant editor (as Christopher Ridsdale)
 
Music Department
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
John Williams .... conductor
 
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... publicist
Jim Brennan .... location manager
Bee Broomfield .... production secretary
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Len Cave .... production accountant
Reg Dent .... horse master
Jan Francis .... dance arranger
John Holmes .... animal coordinator
Philip Kohler .... location manager
Julie Thompson .... assistant: Mr. Badham
Joyce Turner .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
109 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Donald Pleasence was initially offered the role of vampire hunter Van Helsing, but rejected it, saying it was too similar to his role as Dr. Loomis in the "Halloween" films. He accepted the smaller role of Dr Seward instead.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: A common problem with many vampire movies is repeated here: the bite marks on the ladies' necks are placed in such a way that the vampire's teeth would have to be one behind the other, not along side each other. The placement of the bites would have Dracula performing a serious contortionist act to get his teeth into the willing victims.See more »
Quotes:
Count Dracula:You fools! Do you think with your crosses and your wafers you can destroy me? Me! You do not know how many men have come against me. I am the *king* of my kind! You have accomplished nothing, Van Helsing. Time is on my side. In a century, when you are dust, I shall wake and call Lucy, my queen, from her grave. I have in my time had many brides, Mr. Harker. But I shall set Lucy above them all.
Jonathan Harker:You won't get Lucy!
Count Dracula:She's mine already.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Hay que matar a Drácula (1968) (TV)See more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Underrated adaptation of Stoker's classic, 16 February 2005
Author: Libretio

"Dracula"

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Dolby Stereo

The vampire Count Dracula (Frank Langella) arrives in England from Transylvania and targets a wealthy middle-class family, including the daughter of arch-enemy Abraham Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier)...

John Badham's underrated adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel takes most of its cues from the stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston (which had launched Bela Lugosi to stardom in 1927), and while it may not be entirely faithful to the book - events are compressed for reasons of timing - it adheres faithfully to the spirit of the thing. It's also an immensely CINEMATIC work which uses the wide Panavision frame in painterly fashion, creating a landscape of Gothic architecture and Victorian excess (note the breathtaking shot looking down from the ceiling inside Dracula's castle, where an ornate spider's web fills the entire screen). Badham and screenwriter W.D. Richter emphasize the film's Romantic elements - helped immeasurably by Langella's complex performance - though the corruption underlying Dracula's handsome exterior is often betrayed by certain details (the Count clawing at a windowpane, seeking entrance to his latest victim; the ghoulish vampiress who continues to rot even as she pursues her lust for human blood, etc.).

Olivier has been criticized in some quarters for his 'silly' European accent, and it's true that his performance lacks some of the dynamism Peter Cushing once brought to the role of Van Helsing, but Olivier comes into his own when confronting Dracula with evidence of his vampirism, and in the deeply moving moment when he drives a stake through his daughter's heart and cradles her corpse in his arms whilst sobbing uncontrollably. The fine supporting cast includes Trevor Eve, Donald Pleasence and a wealth of familiar British character actors (Tony Haygarth, Teddy Turner, Sylvester McCoy, etc.), alongside Canadian actress Kate Nelligan, giving a finely-tuned performance as a potential bride of Dracula. A beautiful film - romantic, tragic, Gothic and sinister, it satisfies in almost every respect, and is ripe for rediscovery. John Williams' glorious music score is the icing on the cake.

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