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Count Dracula (1977)

The vampire count leaves his Transylvanian home to wreak havoc across the world.

Director:

Philip Saville

Writers:

Gerald Savory (adaptation), Bram Stoker (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jourdan ... Count Dracula
Frank Finlay ... Abraham van Helsing
Susan Penhaligon ... Lucy Westenra
Judi Bowker ... Wilhelmina 'Mina' Westenra
Jack Shepherd ... Renfield
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Dr. John Seward
Bosco Hogan ... Jonathan Harker
Richard Barnes Richard Barnes ... Quincey P. Holmwood
Ann Queensberry ... Mrs. Westenra
George Raistrick George Raistrick ... Bowles
George Malpas ... Swales
Michael Macowan Michael Macowan ... Mr. Hawkins (as Michael MacOwan)
Susie Hickford Susie Hickford ... Dracula's Bride
Belinda Meuldijk Belinda Meuldijk ... Dracula's Bride
Sue Vanner Sue Vanner ... Dracula's Bride
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Storyline

For those familiar with Bram Stoker's novel, this adaptation follows the book quite closely in most respects. Jonathan Harker visits the Count in Transylvania to help him with preparations to move to England. Harker becomes Dracula's prisoner and discovers Dracula's true nature. After Dracula makes his way to England, Harker becomes involved in an effort to track down and destroy the Count, eventually chasing the vampire back to his castle. Written by Cameron Fairchild <fairchop@ix.netcom.com>

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Louis Jourdan, one of film's most dashing leading men, turns chillingly sinister to portray the infamous vampire king.

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Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drácula See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first of two vampire related productions starring Frank Finlay, the other being Lifeforce (1985). See more »

Goofs

The shaving mirror scene: when Harker moves, there is a slight but noticeable delay, with his reflection moving just before he does. This occurs a few times, and makes it obvious that a trick mirror (possibly a Chromakey screen) is being used. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wilhelmina 'Mina' Westenra: You'll write often?
Jonathan Harker: Every day, Mina, I promise.
Wilhelmina 'Mina' Westenra: And I promise to study my shorthand so that I shall be able to do your letters when we're married.
Lucy Westenra: Jonathan! Jonathan! Time for you to go.
Jonathan Harker: Yes, of course.
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Crazy Credits

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Wonderful Adaptation
3 January 2001 | by rickmontSee all my reviews

I must agree with all those who say that this is the best adaptation of Stoker's masterpiece. Although I enjoyed F.F. Coppola's film, I still feel that this little gem captured the eerieness and forboding of the novel much better. The production does have its flaws. Occasional poor editing and the switching from film to tape which are too obvious. Dark Shadows like special effects.

I disagree with those who feel Louis Jourdan is miscast. I think he has just the right menace and dark sensuality to portray the Count.

Why on Earth hasn't anyone put this on the video cassette market? It's beyond me. But more importantly, why hasn't anyone figured out that this is the definitive Dracula and done a bigger budget remake. I guess Hollywood today simply doesn't have the kind of resources the BBC had in the late 70s.


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