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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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Beautiful Cinematography, Wonderful Cast, but This Is not My Favorite Adaptation of Bram Stocker's Novel See more (117 total) »


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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)
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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Additional Details

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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

Did You Know?

Frank Langella also played the title character Dracula on the stage during the Broadway revival, was nominated for a Tony Award for his stage performance of Dracula. Langella once said of his interpretation of the Dracula character, "I don't play him as a hair-raising ghoul. He is a nobleman, an elegant man with a very difficult problem... a man with a unique and distinctive social problem: he has to have blood to live and he is immortal".See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Dracula transforms into a bat and attacks Renfield in Carfax, he falls backwards, rolls over a crate and down the stairs, colliding with the "stone" balustrade as he falls (and causing it to wobble).See more »
Count Dracula:Listen to them - the children of the night. What sad music they make!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Eternity (#1.17)" (2000)See more »


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Beautiful Cinematography, Wonderful Cast, but This Is not My Favorite Adaptation of Bram Stocker's Novel, 1 February 2015
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Whitby, England, the sick Mina Van Helsing (Jan Francis) is spending some days with her friend Lucy Seward (Kate Nelligan) and her father Dr. Jack Seward (Donald Pleasence) in their house that is also an asylum at the seaside. When a ship wrecks on the coast, all the crew is dead and Mina helps the only survivor Count Dracula (Frank Langella), who has just bought the Fairfax Abbey through Lucy's fiancé Jonathan Harker (Trevor Eve). Soon Dracula drinks Mina's blood killing her. Dr. Seward summons Mina's father Prof. Abraham Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier) for the funeral but he arrives late. On the next night, the son of the patient Annie (Janine Duvitski) is attacked by Mina. Prof. Van Helsing discovers that his daughter is undead and the Count Dracula is a vampire. Now Van Helsing, Dr. Seward and Jonathan have to protect Lucy from the powerful vampire.

"Dracula" (1979) is an adaptation of Bram Stocker's novel with beautiful cinematography, haunting music score and a wonderful cast. However this is not my favorite adaptation of the novel. I prefer Werner Herzog "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht" of the same year and Francis Ford Coppola's version that was made thirteen years later (1992). My vote is six.

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