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Count Dracula (1977)

TV-PG | | Horror | TV Movie 1 March 1978
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 ... 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

Certificate:

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Trivia

When first shown on British television in December 1977, the film was shown all in one evening lasting 155 minutes. When it was repeated (twice) in 1979, it was split into three episodes shown on consecutive nights. A repeat screening in 1993 was split into two episodes. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scenes of Harker taking a train into Romania, the stock footage appears to be taken from an American western film, showing open desert and prairies. This in no way resembles the actual countryside of Southeastern Europe, which is heavily forested with hills and mountains. 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

The credits are superimposed over the infamous German woodcuts depicting the crimes of the historical Voivode Vlad Dracula. See more »

Connections

Featured in In Search of Dracula with Mark Gatiss (2020) See more »

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The best Dracula ever.
17 March 2001 | by swbbersSee all my reviews

I saw this once in about 1978 on public television in San Francisco. It was astounding because for once not just the horror, but also the senusality of the Dracula story was transferred to the screen without the (then) standard "monsters jumping out of the box" treatment. I got marvelous chills and tingles while watching. NOW, if those of us who remember this movie/tv show could just get a copy of it!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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