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Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula (2000)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Horror | Thriller  -  31 October 2000 (USA)
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A warlord must fight a bloody battle in order to regain his kingdom.

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Claudiu Bleont ...
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Claudiu Trandafir ...
Prince Karl
Dan Bordeianu ...
Vlad III - Age 18
Victor Ungureanu ...
Vlad III - Age 8
Dan Badarau ...
Vlad Dracula's Father
Sebastian Lupea ...
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A warlord must fight a bloody battle in order to regain his kingdom.

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This film is Rudolf Martin's second appearance as Dracula, which aired on October 31, 2000 in the U.S. His first Dracula appearance was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy vs. Dracula (2000), which aired on September 26, 2000, less than a month ago. 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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Széki Verbunk
Written by Bernard Solomon (as J. Baird) and Frank Gari (as F. Gari)
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Good atmospheric history
1 November 2000 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is based on the known history of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), son of Dracul (the name means either devil or dragon), who has come to be known through Bram Stoker's famous novel as Dracula. The film begins with Vlad confessing his life story to Greek Orthodox priests. He is caught in the weblike power struggles involving the Roman Catholic Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, Hungary, and the Moslem Turks. In the midst of all this, he tries to do what is best for his homeland.

The film illustrates the origins of the Dracula myth: blood drinking, impaling with stakes, fear of mirrors, rebellion against religion, and the doom of eternal life because he is cursed to be welcome in neither heaven nor hell. Vlad is presented historically as a Robin Hood freedom fighter, a George Washington of Romania, and a man who tries to bring peace and justice to his troubled land. Some see him as a Messiah while others believe he is the Anti-Christ. In some ways, Vlad can be viewed as a 15th Century Godfather.

The plot unfolds slowly but the movie is nicely photographed and well acted. Vlad himself is played as a moody, brooding, dark figure who easily gives life to the many legends that have become attached to his name.

This is another very well-executed TV-movie and is definitely worth watching. The fact that it premiered on Halloween night is appropriate because the atmosphere is quite spooky.


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