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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

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A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Anne Rice (screenplay), Anne Rice (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Louis
Christian Slater ... Malloy
Virginia McCollam Virginia McCollam ... Whore on Waterfront
John McConnell ... Gambler
Tom Cruise ... Lestat
Mike Seelig Mike Seelig ... Pimp
Bellina Logan ... Tavern Girl
Thandie Newton ... Yvette
Lyla Hay Owen Lyla Hay Owen ... Widow St. Clair
Lee E. Scharfstein ... Widow's Lover (as Lee Emery)
Indra Ové ... New Orleans Whore (as Indra Ove)
Helen McCrory ... 2nd Whore
Monte Montague Monte Montague ... Plague Victim Bearer
Kirsten Dunst ... Claudia
Nathalie Bloch-Lainé Nathalie Bloch-Lainé ... Maid (as Nathalie Bloch)
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Storyline

It hasn't even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis lost his wife in childbirth. Both his wife and the infant died, and now he has lost his will to live. A vampire named Lestat takes a liking to Louis and offers him the chance to become a creature of the night: a vampire. Louis accepts, and Lestat drains Louis' mortal blood and then replaces it with his own, turning Louis into a vampire. Louis must learn from Lestat the ways of the vampire. Written by <VincentVga@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Drink From Me And Live Forever

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for vampire violence and gore, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Interview with the Vampire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,389,705, 13 November 1994

Gross USA:

$105,264,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$223,664,608
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Geffen Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A gay subtext to the novel was omitted from the film; Lestat expects Louis to sleep with him; Lestat, Louis (and later Claudia) are a family. Anne Rice mentions "stone walls" in the novel, which could be an oblique reference to the gay rights movement of the same name. See more »

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When Lestat teaches Louis the rat blood trick, Louis drinks blood from the glass and in the next cut to him the glass is completely clean, showing not even a drop of blood in it. See more »

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[first lines]
Louis: So you want me to tell you the story of my life?
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Crazy Credits

In Memory of River Phoenix 1970-1993 See more »

Alternate Versions

Reportedly, in original screenings of the film there was extra footage in the scene where Louis finds the burnt bodies of Madeleine and Claudia. In this version, after the bodies crumple to ashes, Louis takes Madeleine's locket that has the picture of the little girl who resembles Claudia. See more »

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Romantic, melancholy and beautiful - a vampire epic for the new millennium
10 June 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE: THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound formats: Dolby Digital / SDDS

17th century New Orleans: The relationship between an ancient vampire (Tom Cruise) and his bloodsucking protegé (Brad Pitt) is tested to destruction by a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) who challenges their established dynamic, leading to betrayal and murder.

A doom-laden meditation on life and death and the nature of grief, based on Anne Rice's bestselling novel (written as a response to the death of her beloved daughter), and featuring two of contemporary Hollywood's most recognizable stars (both astonishingly beautiful here) as vampire and willing victim, remaining eternally young as the world evolves around them. Cruise plays a seasoned killer who revels in bloodthirsty excess, while Pitt is a conscientious objector who balks at the prospect of drinking human blood, until Cruise creates a 'companion' for Pitt in the shape of a little girl (Dunst) who refuses to grow old gracefully, with tragic consequences.

Scored with melancholy grace by composer Elliot Goldenthal, and beautifully designed and photographed (by Dante Ferretti and Philippe Rousselot, respectively), the film is epic in concept and execution, spanning the social upheavals of 17th and 18th century America and the horrors of 19th century Europe, where a nest of ancient vampires (led by scene-stealer Antonio Banderas and a miscast Stephen Rea) wreak terrible revenge on those who transgress against vampire lore. But, for all its spectacle, director Neil Jordan (THE COMPANY OF WOLVES) - working from a script credited to Rice herself - maintains a leisurely pace and never loses sight of the characters. The movie contains some beautiful, transcendent passages, including a breathtaking transition from 19th century Europe to modern day America via the introduction of motion pictures (everything from SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS to GONE WITH THE WIND and SUPERMAN!), and an incredibly moving sequence in which a once-proud vampire is discovered in exile, laid low by his own vanity.

The film's delicate tone is upset by a trick ending which comes completely out of left-field, though Jordan has denied any suggestion of studio interference. And, as with the novel, the homoerotic undercurrent is mere window-dressing, an unconsummated tease which the filmmakers (and Rice herself) refuse to explore in any detail, lest it frighten the mainstream crowd. Sadly, the movie is dedicated to the memory of River Phoenix - originally cast as the interviewer who provides one half of the film's title - who died of a drugs overdose during pre-production; his role was taken by Christian Slater. Followed by QUEEN OF THE DAMNED (2002).


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