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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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Vlad Dracula the Impaler
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Christopher Brand ...
Bruno
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Father Stefan
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King Janos
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Radu Amzulescu ...
Inquisitor
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Woman at Fountain
Claudiu Bleont ...
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Prince Karl
Dan Bordeianu ...
Vlad III - Age 18
Victor Ungureanu ...
Vlad III - Age 8
Dan Badarau ...
Vlad Dracula's Father
Sebastian Lupea ...
Teen Vlad Dracula
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A warlord must fight a bloody battle in order to regain his kingdom.

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Rudolf Martin (Vlad Tepes) previously played the vampire Count Dracula, who was based on Vlad, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy vs. Dracula (2000). That episode aired on September 26, 2000, less than a month before the broadcast of this TV film. See more »

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Vlad Dracula: No... no... please! Lidia, come walk with me!
Lidia: I will always walk with you.
[kisses her cross, then jumps]
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La Scarpa My Faict Mal
Written by Bernard Solomon (as J. Baird) and Frank Gari (as F. Gari)
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Truly astonishing movie!!
1 May 2002 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I can't honestly say exactly what caught my eye about this movie at my local video rental store. Perhaps it was just the Dracula title or possibly that it sounded interesting and a very different twist on the Dracula story. Here in Canada the movie was called Dracula: Dark Prince rather than "The True Story Of..." but still it caught my attention. The movie was phenomenal. The acting of each character was flawless and excellent. Having previously seen the lead Character portray Dracula previously on Buffy The Vampire Slayer (which was just a terrible episode) I was glad he got the opportunity to portray the famed killer again because he looks the part and he has it nailed to perfection.

The story is not the Dracula we all remember. The story is of the very human Vlad Dracul or (Vlad The Impaler) as history knows him. The prince of Romania who's father is murdered after Vlad and his brother are kidnapped by the Turkish Sultan who takes over Romania with an iron fist. Vlad's brother gives the Sultan everything including his body (seems the Sultan has a soft spot for young boys) but through torture, and starving Vlad perseveres and refuses to bow down to the Sultan. Eventually Vlad is released and with an army of Romanian peasants they take back their land. Vlad is considered their savior although by some he is called the Anti-Christ of Biblical prophecy. Throughout the movie Vlad fights to hold peace in his country and hold his throne. Every minute of this movie is captivating and interesting.

Whether it's exactly historically accurate really doesn't matter. The story is entertaining and brilliant written, acted, and directed and having been filmed in Romania, adds to the story. It's dark, and scary, and a truly worthy film. The unfortunate side was the lack of budget. Apparently this movie was made for TV and it was not given half the chance it deserves. With a big budget, they could have done a brilliant first class movie that could have held it's own in the theaters not just on video. People everywhere will be talking about this movie and it's unfortunate that critics, and movie theater lovers might not get to see this film. The movie also goes through the familiar "Vampire/Dracula" folk lore and explains where each myth came from such as "not being able to see a Vampire in a mirror" and "their retraction to light" just to name a couple. My suggestion right now is to go out and rent this movie, you will not see a better movie on your shelves. 8.5/10 (with a big budget could have easily been a 10/10)


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