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Dracula (2006)

The Romanian count known as Dracula is summoned to London by Arthur Holmwood, a young Lord who is one the verge of being wed. Unknown to Arthur's future bride Lucy, her future husband is ... See full summary »

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Bill Eagles

Writers:

Stewart Harcourt (adaptation), Bram Stoker (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Abraham Van Helsing
Marc Warren ... Count Dracula
Dan Stevens ... Lord Arthur Holmwood
Sophia Myles ... Lucy Westenra
Benedick Blythe Benedick Blythe ... Lord Godalming
James Greene ... Dr. Blore
Tom Burke ... Dr. John Seward
Donald Sumpter ... Alfred Singleton
Stephanie Leonidas ... Mina Murray
Rafe Spall ... Jonathan Harker
Ian Redford Ian Redford ... Hawkins
Tanveer Ghani ... Cotford
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... DI Burton (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
David Glover David Glover ... Stephens
Ian Gain Ian Gain ... Sgt Kirk
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The Romanian count known as Dracula is summoned to London by Arthur Holmwood, a young Lord who is one the verge of being wed. Unknown to Arthur's future bride Lucy, her future husband is infected with syphilis and therefore cannot consummate their future marriage. Arthur has laid his hopes on being cured by the enigmatic count, as it is said that Dracula has extraordinary powers. However, these supernatural powers have sinister origins, since the Count is a vampire. Soon Arthur realizes his serious mistake as all hell breaks loose and the Count infects others with his ancient curse. Fortunately, Dracula has not counted on the young Lord acquiring the assistance of the Dutch Vampire expert. Prof. Abraham Van Helsing. Written by Robert McElwaine

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A chilling new adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic story.

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Horror

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UK

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English | German

Release Date:

11 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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This is the second movie that Sophia Myles (Lucy) that involves vampires. She played a vampire in "Underworld" (Erika). She also starred in the short-lived television series, "Moonlight" (Beth), with Alex O'Laughlin's character as the vampire. See more »

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[first lines]
Lucy Westenra: My Lord Holmwood.
Lord Holmwood: Lucy.
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Messy and disappointing but entertaining.
29 December 2006 | by keysersoze13See all my reviews

The new BBC adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula is flawed but makes for enjoyable viewing. It seemed so promising, with a great cast and the aim to create an exciting new take on the old tale. Also, the BBC rarely produce a bad piece of TV drama.

So where did it all go wrong? I think the sometimes drastic changes from the source material were poorly constructed. The writing was competent but the plot dragged and never really flowed. Characters were underwritten and, despite the efforts of the talented cast, remained unconvincing throughout. The character of Jonathan Harker was reduced to a couple of scenes, then disappeared, leaving Lord Holmwood to become the main character. The changes were supposed to bring freshness to an often told story but paled in comparison to the original story; which, told well, is an exhilarating experience.

The casting was perhaps the production's strongest point, though the script never did justice to the characters. Talented young actors Rafe Spall, Dan Stevens and Sophia Myles were wasted in their roles, but Stevens in particular did well to convincingly portray Holmwood despite the dodgy dialogue he had to contend with. Marc Warren made a decent attempt at the Count but his was the most severely underwritten role, and because of this Dracula is never menacing, just some foreign bloke who likes blood. The standout performance came from David Suchet, as Abraham Van Helsing, who stole the limited screen time he was given.

This telling of Stoker's tale was competent but largely dull, benefiting from some interesting acting and a decent ending.


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