6.5/10
8,845
141 user 82 critic

Dracula (1979)

Trailer
1:41 | Trailer
In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

W.D. Richter (screenplay), Hamilton Deane (play) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Langella ... Count Dracula
Laurence Olivier ... Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Jack Seward
Kate Nelligan ... Lucy Seward
Trevor Eve ... Jonathan Harker
Jan Francis ... Mina Van Helsing
Janine Duvitski ... Annie
Tony Haygarth ... Milo Renfield
Teddy Turner ... Swales
Sylvester McCoy ... Walter (as Sylveste McCoy)
Kristine Howarth ... Mrs. Galloway
Joe Belcher ... Tom Hindley
Ted Carroll ... Scarborough Sailor
Frank Birch ... Harbormaster
Gabor Vernon ... Captain of Demeter
Learn more

More Like This 

Dracula (TV Movie 1974)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough
Count Dracula (1970)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Count Dracula, a gray-haired vampire who regains his youth by dining on the blood of maidens, is pursued in London and Transylvania by Professor Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris after he victimizes them and their loved ones.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski
Count Dracula (TV Movie 1977)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula from the dead in London in 1972. The Count goes after the descendants of Van Helsing.

Director: Alan Gibson
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham
Dracula (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man's beautiful niece and her friends.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town where all the traces end to look for him.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant, by making the trio die in the hands of their own children.

Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
Edit

Storyline

When a ship is wrecked off Whitby, the only survivor, Count Dracula, is discovered lying on the beach by the sickly young Mina Van Helsing, who is visiting her dear friend Lucy Seward. Lucy, her fiancé Jonathan Harker (a solicitor), and her father Dr. Jack Seward (who runs the local asylum) try to make the Count feel welcome to England. The Count quickly takes the life of Mina, and proceeds to romance Lucy, with the intention of making her his greatest bride. Soon after the death of Mina, the Sewards call her father Dr. Abraham Van Helsing to come to their home. As Lucy falls deeper under the spell of the Count, Dr. Van Helsing almost immediately comes to understand that his daughter fell prey to a vampire and discovers the culprit to be none other than the Count himself. Dr. Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, and Harker work together to foil the Count's plans to take Lucy away to his native Transylvania. Written by Hillary Glendinning (jujbee_luna@yahoo.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of the greatest lover who ever lived, died, and lived again. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

For his medium-sized role as Professor Van Helsing, Laurence Olivier was paid $750,000. See more »

Goofs

When Renfield surprises Jonathan in the car and begs him to help him, there is a bat -apparently Dracula- watching them. The animal is an Amazonian fruit bat, not a vampire bat. Yet, neither of them can be found anywhere in Europe. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Harker: COUNT DRACULA!
Count Dracula: You needn't shout, Mr. Harker. You frightened me.
Jonathan Harker: I'm sorry. I had a key.
[holds key up]
Jonathan Harker: I had to let myself in.
Count Dracula: I wonder where Renfield can be.
Jonathan Harker: I don't know. I knocked but he didn't...
Count Dracula: [interrupts] Yes, well, the man is worthless.
See more »

Alternate Versions

Director John Badham intended to film the movie in black and white but was forced by the studio to shoot in Technicolor. When the movie was re-released on laserdisc in 1991, at the behest of Badham, the lush color was drained from the film. All subsequent home video releases feature the desaturated print. See more »

Connections

Version of Drácula (1931) See more »

User Reviews

 
Underrated adaptation of Stoker's classic
16 February 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

"Dracula"

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Dolby Stereo

The vampire Count Dracula (Frank Langella) arrives in England from Transylvania and targets a wealthy middle-class family, including the daughter of arch-enemy Abraham Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier)...

John Badham's underrated adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel takes most of its cues from the stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston (which had launched Bela Lugosi to stardom in 1927), and while it may not be entirely faithful to the book - events are compressed for reasons of timing - it adheres faithfully to the spirit of the thing. It's also an immensely CINEMATIC work which uses the wide Panavision frame in painterly fashion, creating a landscape of Gothic architecture and Victorian excess (note the breathtaking shot looking down from the ceiling inside Dracula's castle, where an ornate spider's web fills the entire screen). Badham and screenwriter W.D. Richter emphasize the film's Romantic elements - helped immeasurably by Langella's complex performance - though the corruption underlying Dracula's handsome exterior is often betrayed by certain details (the Count clawing at a windowpane, seeking entrance to his latest victim; the ghoulish vampiress who continues to rot even as she pursues her lust for human blood, etc.).

Olivier has been criticized in some quarters for his 'silly' European accent, and it's true that his performance lacks some of the dynamism Peter Cushing once brought to the role of Van Helsing, but Olivier comes into his own when confronting Dracula with evidence of his vampirism, and in the deeply moving moment when he drives a stake through his daughter's heart and cradles her corpse in his arms whilst sobbing uncontrollably. The fine supporting cast includes Trevor Eve, Donald Pleasence and a wealth of familiar British character actors (Tony Haygarth, Teddy Turner, Sylvester McCoy, etc.), alongside Canadian actress Kate Nelligan, giving a finely-tuned performance as a potential bride of Dracula. A beautiful film - romantic, tragic, Gothic and sinister, it satisfies in almost every respect, and is ripe for rediscovery. John Williams' glorious music score is the icing on the cake.


27 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 141 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Dutch | Romanian | Russian

Release Date:

20 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,164,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,141,281, 22 July 1979

Gross USA:

$20,158,970

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,158,970
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed