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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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W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 July 1979 (USA) See more »
Throughout history, he has filled the hearts of men with terror, and the hearts of women with desire. See more »
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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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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A Gothic masterpiece. The quintessential vampire movie. See more (120 total) »


  (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)
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
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Eddie Powell the chief stuntman had been Christopher Lee stunt double on a number of Hammer films including a number Hammer Dracula.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Lucy awakens to Mina's shallow breathing and rings for Seward, who comes to the aid, followed by Jonathan. As Mina dies, and Seward closes her eyes - you can still see her chest rise slightly even though she's supposed to be dead. In the following far shot, as Jonathan is steering a grieved Lucy out of the room, you can still see Mina's chest slightly rise again.See more »
Count Dracula:Lucy, come! Come to me!
[Lucy runs into Dracula's arms, and he embraces her]
Count Dracula:No, you must go on a bit longer as a creature of the sun. Only until we have left behind those who would destroy us.
Lucy Seward:And then?
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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Featured in Coming Soon (1982) (V)See more »


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51 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
A Gothic masterpiece. The quintessential vampire movie., 3 December 2002
Author: budmassey ( from Indianapolis, IN

After so many years, Lugosi's performance of Dracula wilts into camp, and the overblown Coppola version, while visually stimulating, comes across as so much hyperbole. Oldman was brilliant, but a few of his lines were poorly delivered, almost laughably so.

But Langella was the master of all vampires. His performance reels with sexual presence and a charm and sophistication that renders all other Dracula movies null and void. And why not? He had countless performances on Broadway to perfect his character, and perfect it he did. He insisted on touches, such as never wearing fangs, or never appearing with blood on his face, that added class to the vampire legend and places this version a cut above the rest.

Kate Nelligan (Prince of Tides) was so young and beautiful then and it was easy to believe that she could inspire a love that could transcend death and time. Olivier was already a ghost, and many of the scenes that involved activity no more strenuous than walking actually had to be shot with a stand in. It is rumored that Sir Larry's performance was so frail that impressionist Rich Little actually had to be called in to dub some of Olivier's lines, as he had done for David Niven in his final Pink Panther film, because the originals were virtually unintelligible given the poor health of the actors.

The brooding and regal score by John Williams drives the movie quite nicely. The film was edited by John Bloom, who a couple of years later would edit The French Lieutenant's Woman with a similar feel, and shot by Gil Taylor who shot, among other greats, the original Star Wars. Stoker would have been proud of the final result, particularly so with Langella's masterful and groundbreaking performance that launched a career. Dracula is a Gothic masterpiece that has never been given its due.

In 2004 director Badham decided to release a version in which the color had been drained from the movie, in much the same way as its central character drained color, blood and life from his victims, perhaps an intentional comparison. The "making of" featurette is delightful, and producer Mirisch's hilarious tongue in cheek observation of the "holy water" effect has already been misquoted by earnest IMDb reviewers. The remake is nice, but it was gilding the lily. And although the film was indeed improved by this modification, it had already surpassed any of its would be peers and remains the quintessential vampire movie.

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