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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drácula See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The First of two Frank Finley vampire related jobs the other being Lifeforce (1985). See more »

Goofs

Jonathan Harker's shaving mirror, while it is hanging on the wall, is clearly made up of one large central panel and four beveled panels at the edges. However, when Dracula takes it and waves his hand over it, it consists of only one large, flat panel. 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

Referenced in A Matter of Time (2007) See more »

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Best "Dracula" Ever
7 June 2003 | by jmdanleySee all my reviews

Faithful to the novel, magnificently performed in every way. This mini-series showed how well a classic novel should be adapted. Coming only 2 years before Langella's performance, Louis Jordan showed how sexy a middle aged man can be in this role.

Thirty-five years after I first saw it, most of it sticks in my memory as the greatest adaptation of Bram Stoker's timeless novel. From the opening scenes as Jonathan Harker makes his way through the Carpathian Mountains to the final scenes as the heroes converge on the Count, this took the approach of being presented in a mini-series format to tell the long story that Bram Stoker conceived.

Lucy's slow transformation from dying waif to lusting vampire is the most memorable scene and may actually be too intense for some viewers.

Far better than Francis Ford Coppola's version of the early 90's. Definitely worth watching annually on Halloween.


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