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Count Dracula (1977)

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

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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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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 film is notable for being extremely faithful to Bram Stoker's novel, although several liberties were taken, including: The characters of Quincy P. Morris and Arthur Holmwood are combined into a single character named Quincy P. Holmwood; Mina and Lucy are sisters in the film and friends in the novel; Dracula in the novel begins as an old man and becomes younger as he feeds on blood, and in the film this does not happen; Dracula is killed in the film by Van Helsing who drives a stake into his heart, while in the novel he is killed when Jonathan Harker cuts his throat with a knife and, at the same time, Quincey Morris thrusts a knife into his heart. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy is in her coffin her eye-lids flutter and her face moves. 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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User Reviews

 
Interesting take on Bram Stoker's classic...

Directed "Masterpiece Theater" style and featuring a mondo bizarre performance from Louis Jordan as the Count (check out those eyes!) that is so bad it's good and often just plain creepy, this is the lost "classic" of the myriad of Dracula film/TV adaptations. This isn't high art (for high art see both versions of "Nosferatu"), but as a literary adaptation, this is near perfection. With it's reserved Victorian settings and sufficiently Gothic scenes of fog, castles, manors and moors, you get the feeling that these are the types of scenes Bram Stoker envisioned when writing his vampire tale. Although I am big fan of Coppola's 1992 version of the tale, this version is probably the most faithful to the book and to Stoker's vision. Kudos to the BBC.


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