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Dracula -- In this retelling of the classic tale, Frank Langella stars as the bloodthirsty Count and Sir Laurence Olivier is his nemesis, Van Helsing, who is determined to end Transylvania's terror.

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Director:
Writers:
W.D. Richter (screenplay)
Hamilton Deane (play) ...
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Release Date:
20 July 1979 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Underrated, classy take on the vampire legend 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)
Steve Furneaux .... carpenter (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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109 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Reportedly, the concept for this picture came when producer Walter Mirisch saw the Broadway theatrical production. Mirisch said: "I truly had no idea what to expect. But I found that [Frank] Langella had created a completely different character from the accepted sinister one - a character with charm, sex appeal, and most important of all, he endeared himself to the audiences. I decided right then to make the film!".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Count Dracula:I too have buried many friends, and I am weary.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »

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42 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Underrated, classy take on the vampire legend, 14 September 2005
Author: ThomasHayden

It is surprising to me that, given the popular and critical praise so many mediocre vampire movies have received( this includes the badly dated Hammer flicks), this movie is often dismissed as minor and forgettable. While it is true that the definitive version is still Coppola's 1992 film, this overlooked gem deserves much more attention and praise than it currently gets.

It was possibly the first vampire movie to play up the romantic and sexual implications of the vampire legend, while at the same time remaining faithful to the underlying idea of Stoker's novel( that is, a fight between good and evil). It is worth pointing out that the film depicts count Dracula as a good looking, seductive and charming aristocrat, rather than an impulsive blood-thirsty creature. He is a broody, lonely character, seeking for a female partner with whom share his everlasting loneliness, something he seems to find in the form of Lucy Seward, an independent and strong-willed Victorian lady.

But the fact that this Dracula has a romantic strain to him does not conceal his ultimately evil nature. He consciously seduces and attacks ill, defenseless Mina just for the excitement of it. When Dr Van Helsing meets her at the graveyard galleries, she is no longer that frail but charming girl, but a deathly-pale,putrid, disgusting figure. That is what Dracula's hobby implies.

Badham does an excellent job. He effectively uses Gothic imagery and low key lightning to create an eerie and slightly surreal atmosphere.But what really stands out in this version is the cast. Everyone fits their role perfectly.Langella plays a seductive count. Olivier,inspired by Cushing's performance in 1958 Dracula, puts in a riveting performance as a frail, tortured Van Helsing, with an emotional stake in the story (pun intended). Kate Nelligan( a fine Canadian supporting actress,also starring in Eye of the Needle) delivers a fresh performance. Even Harker's character , which is usually the main casting weakness when it comes to Dracula movies, is quite well handled here, played by an actor with the right appearance.

There are minor flaws, the most important of them being a lack of screen time devoted to the romance and a muddled color scheme, but this film is nevertheless worth a look, an engaging retelling of the classic horror tale with a poetic, broody edge to it.

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