Death, who takes the form of a young man (Brad Pitt), asks a media mogul (Sir Anthony Hopkins) to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter (Claire Forlani).
This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic novel. Young barrister Jonathan Harker is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker's betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy's friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away.Written by
According to cinematographer Michael Ballhaus's autobiography (published in March 2014), Francis Ford Coppola's main influence and inspiration for the cinematography and visual design of this movie was F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922). Ballhaus considers Coppola's visually inventive movie one of his favorite achievements as a cinematographer, and the last great "must-see" movie by Coppola. See more »
When Mina and Vlad are at the cinematograph, the films shown in the background are moving too smoothly. 19th century films were projected at approximately 16 FPS with jerky movement. See more »
There were 38 different cuts of the film prior to its release. There are at least eight shots missing from the theatrical, video, and DVD versions. The criterion laserdisc version and the 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD released in 2007 both contain over 30 minutes of deleted footage. See more »
Interesting and Mostly Accurate Take on the Horror Classic.
"Bram Stoker's Dracula" is one of those films that reeled people in by making its audience believe that it would be an intense horror film on par with productions like "Rosemary's Baby" or "The Exorcist". Instead, director Francis Ford Coppola stayed more true to Stoker's novel and put a focus on an intense love story that transcends time, the elements and even life and death. This naturally turned off many horror enthusiasts who would rather see a film that thrives on shock value rather than a movie that thrives on heart, brains and emotion. The film is naturally about the titled character, an immortal man (played superbly by the nearly always exceptional Gary Oldman) who has turned against God and now lives through the powers of darkness. By the late-19th Century, the titled character is trying to lure back a reincarnation of his one true love (Winona Ryder) and of course attempting to eliminate all those that might stand in his way (Ryder's fiance Keanu Reeves and professor Anthony Hopkins most notably). Overall "Dracula" is an amazingly good looking film that benefits from high production values and guaranteed performances (mainly from Oldman and Hopkins). Coppola's direction is strong, but a bit overbearing at times and sometimes it is unclear what the tone of the production truly is. Watch for Italian beauty Monica Bellucci as one of Oldman's beautiful, but deadly wives. 4 stars out of 5.
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