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Dracula (1974)

TV-14 | | Drama, Horror | TV Movie 8 February 1974
Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long dead wife.

Director:

Dan Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Dracula
Simon Ward ... Arthur
Nigel Davenport ... Van Helsing
Pamela Brown ... Mrs. Westenra
Fiona Lewis ... Lucy
Penelope Horner ... Mina
Murray Brown ... Jonathan Harker
Virginia Wetherell Virginia Wetherell ... Dracula's Wife (as Virginia Wetherall)
Barbara Lindley Barbara Lindley ... Dracula's Wife
Sarah Douglas ... Dracula's Wife
George Pravda ... Innkeeper
Hana Maria Pravda ... Innkeeper's Wife (as Hanna-Maria Pravda)
Reg Lye ... Zookeeper
Fred Stone Fred Stone ... Priest
Roy Spencer Roy Spencer ... Whitby Inn Clerk
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Storyline

Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long dead wife.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Jack Palance admitted to being glad once the film was completed. As a method actor, he felt that he was "becoming" Dracula more than he wanted to. See more »

Goofs

The supposedly Hungarian innkeeper and his wife who greet Jonathan Harker in the opening scene speak Russian. See more »

Quotes

Dracula: Mr. Harker... Now I go to England, and you...
[picks him up by the throat and throws him across the room]
Dracula: to Hell!
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Alternate Versions

Two versions were created, one for American television and a slightly gorier print for theatrical distribution in Europe. The European version first surfaced on VHS in America in the 1980s hosted by Elvira. In 2002, the TV version was released on DVD by MPI, and they subsequently issued the theatrical version on blu-ray in 2014. See more »

Connections

Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me (1997) See more »

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One of the best takes on Bram Stoker's Dracula Ever
10 October 2000 | by mord39See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: *** out of ****

At first glance, Jack Palance would seem to be the wrong type for the lead in this television version of DRACULA; but once the movie is well under way, he is purely magnificent in the role. He admittedly truly got "into" the character, so much so that he sometimes feared he might never be able to get out again!

In the disastrous 1990's we were fed Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, which was a huge disappointment. It stole elements from this 1973 version, most notably the idea of Dracula as a more sympathetic character searching for the reincarnation of his old lover (here she's played by the stunning Fiona Lewis). But the 1992 version failed miserably because we grew to really like Dracula, and that should NEVER happen. But with this Dan Curtis production, we can feel sad for the Count's dilemma, yet still fear and despise him as the villain despite his tragedy. Palance's vampire comes off as a monster, but with just a hint of his past life of humanity which even he seems to miss.

The direction is sound, and the scenery is simple but atmospheric.

To this date, not one version of Stoker's novel has been adapted exactly as he intended it, including this one. There are liberties taken here, but it still remains a better choice than the Coppola film. This is a relatively unseen item that should be re-discovered.


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Country:

UK

Language:

Hungarian | Russian | English

Release Date:

8 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula See more »

Filming Locations:

Trakoscan Castle, Croatia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Latglen Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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