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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Dracula (original title)
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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.

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Bram Stoker (novel), James V. Hart (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Dracula
Winona Ryder ... Mina Murray / Elisabeta
Anthony Hopkins ... Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Keanu Reeves ... Jonathan Harker
Richard E. Grant ... Dr. Jack Seward
Cary Elwes ... Lord Arthur Holmwood
Billy Campbell ... Quincey P. Morris (as Bill Campbell)
Sadie Frost ... Lucy Westenra
Tom Waits ... R.M. Renfield
Monica Bellucci ... Dracula's Bride
Michaela Bercu ... Dracula's Bride
Florina Kendrick ... Dracula's Bride
Jay Robinson ... Mr. Hawkins
I.M. Hobson I.M. Hobson ... Hobbs
Laurie Franks Laurie Franks ... Lucy's Maid

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Storyline

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 Goth <brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za>

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and horror violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To keep the budget manageable, Columbia Pictures insisted that this movie be shot in Los Angeles, and not on-location. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy is lying in the glass coffin at the funeral, her chest can be seen rising and falling due to her breathing. See more »

Quotes

Van Helsing: She lives beyond the grace of God, a wanderer in the outer darkness. She is "vampyr", "nosferatu". These creatures do not die like the bee after the first sting, but instead grow strong and become immortal once infected by another nosferatu. So, my friends we fight not one beast but legions that go on age after age after age, feeding on the blood of the living.
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Alternate Versions

British video version contains a scene where Jonathan Harker's nipple is licked by one of the female vampires, who then bites it and causes it to bleed. See more »

Connections

Version of Matinee Theatre: Dracula (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Song for a Vampire
(from 'Bram Stoker's Dracula')
Produced by Stephen Lipson
Written and Performed by Annie Lennox
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Muenchen GmbH
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A rich telling near the source material
14 November 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Opening with his vow to rise from his grave and take revenge on a God who allowed his beloved to die while he defended Him on the battlefield, we see Count Dracula in the 1890's, conducting business with a London firm. When his first consultant goes mad, Jonathon Harker is sent to Dracula in his place, only to find himself trapped in the castle. Meanwhile, Dracula travels to London where he feeds on the lovely Lucy Westenra. Her various suitors try to help her and call for Professor Van Helsing to come and help – they realise that this is not a simple battle against a disease of the blood.

Although a little too long for my liking, this film is a very rich gothic telling of a story that has become watered down slightly with the many different versions of stories with the characters. Here the basic plot follows the tale from the creation of Dracula, his love and his confrontation with Van Helsing and the various suitors of the lovely Lucy. The story is told with a real respect for the source, perhaps a little too much as it can be a little to heavy and lacking in spark at times. However, for the most part the gothic telling works very well and feels very lavish and rich.

Visually the film is great – rich colours in the scenery and costumes really bring the goth out of the film. Meanwhile Coppola works well with shadows and images in the backgrounds to make the film have the feel of an old silent movie version (eyes in the storm) but with modern standards. It's not really scary, but I didn't need it to be, I was more interested in the overall story, and that worked well.

The cast suffer from a bit too much respect for the material, some of their performances are a little too hammy and heavy. Oldman is good when compared to the better known image of the `Bela Lagosi' Dracula, but I did still find him a little too hammy at times. Likewise Rider is not totally convincing. Hopkins is quite fun to watch and the three suitors (including Ewles and Grant) very much play stiff upper lipped straight men! Of course of their performances tower with majesty above the sheer miscast ineptitude of Reeves. From the start his accent is horrid, but his inability to bring out emotions and character basically kills his character off before the film has even got going.

Despite this the film is actually very enjoyable even if it is a bit too respectful and long – occasionally making it feel a little heavy going. The rich presentation and loyalty to the source material makes for a very enjoyable story even if it isn't really what we'd see now as a horror.


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Language:

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Release Date:

13 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,521,679, 15 November 1992

Gross USA:

$82,522,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,862,692
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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