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Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula (2000)

A warlord must fight a bloody battle in order to regain his kingdom.

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Father Stefan
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King Janos
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Radu Amzulescu ...
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Woman at Fountain
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Prince Karl
Dan Bordeianu ...
Vlad III - Age 18
Victor Ungureanu ...
Vlad III - Age 8
Dan Badarau ...
Vlad Dracula's Father
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A warlord must fight a bloody battle in order to regain his kingdom.

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A blood-thirsty tale of love, lust and vengeance. See more »


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In 2000, to promote the film's premiere, USA Network held a sweepstakes contest with a grand prize of $5,000 to the lucky person who can correctly identify five myths of Dracula as depicted in this film. See more »

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Radu: You are going to kill me, aren't you?
Vlad Dracula: You are a traitor to your people. You betrayed our father!
Radu: I never betrayed our father! Besides, if it weren't for me, you'd still be in that Turk prison.
Vlad Dracula: You had that much influence over the Sultan? Even as a boy?
Radu: Especially as a boy.
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Written by Bernard Solomon (as J. Baird) and Frank Gari (as F. Gari)
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I'm always a little bit suspicious of made-for-TV movies, but I'll definitely recommend this one.
31 October 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'm always a little bit suspicious of made-for-TV movies, but this is a good one. It's an excellent script and good directing--plus everyone turns in an excellent performance. Rudolph Martin is especially terrific as Vlad Dracula, and Christopher Brand makes Bruno a very striking character. Jane Marsh comes across as very delicately beautiful, and the kids are unusually convincing. Roger Daltrey does an excellent transition from middle-aged to old, and Peter Weller emits no clue to give away the ending. There's great support from the supporting cast.

The producers have handled the subject extremely well, considering how much gore they could have spilled, and it turns out to be an intense, dramatic movie. It investigates the characters and suggests how they were warped by the times and politics, and also touches on the metaphysical implications of such viciousness. They've let up a little too much at the end, I think, and tried to skew the whole thing so it looks like a romance--would have been better to end it with just a shot of the castle.


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