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W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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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 (129 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Langella ... Count Dracula

Laurence Olivier ... Prof. Abraham Van Helsing

Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Jack Seward

Kate Nelligan ... Lucy Seward

Trevor Eve ... Jonathan Harker
Jan Francis ... Mina Van Helsing
Janine Duvitski ... Annie

Tony Haygarth ... Milo Renfield
Teddy Turner ... Swales

Sylvester McCoy ... Walter (as Sylveste McCoy)
Kristine Howarth ... Mrs. Galloway
Joe Belcher ... Tom Hindley
Ted Carroll ... Scarborough Sailor
Frank Birch ... Harbormaster
Gabor Vernon ... Captain of Demeter
Frank Henson ... Demeter Sailor
Peter Wallis ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Meaden ... Asylum Nurse (uncredited)

Terry Walsh ... Dead Sailor (uncredited)

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)
Michael Guyett .... scenic painter (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)
 
Location Management
Jim Brennan .... location manager
Philip Kohler .... location manager
 
Music Department
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
John Williams .... conductor
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... publicist
Bee Broomfield .... production secretary
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Len Cave .... production accountant
Reg Dent .... horse master
Jan Francis .... dance arranger
John Holmes .... animal coordinator
Julie Thompson .... assistant: Mr. Badham
Joyce Turner .... production assistant
 
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Runtime:
109 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (theatrical rating) | USA:R (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:R (Digital Streaming) | USA:R (certificate #25621) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The film takes place in 1913.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Car tires continuously screeching like on asphalt with car brakes applied on soft grounds such as leaves and soil.See more »
Quotes:
Count Dracula:I too have buried many friends, and I am weary.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Darakula (1982)See more »

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46 out of 58 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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