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Byzantium (2012)

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Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.



(screenplay), (play)
4,634 ( 416)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eleanor
Barry Cassin ... Robert Fowlds
... Clara
David Heap ... Lap Dancing Client
... Gareth
... Wendy
... Werner
Jenny Kavanagh ... Barmaid
Glenn Doherty ... Steve
... Nadia
... Anya
... Frank
... Noel
... Savella
... Darvell


Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Written by Production

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 May 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Vampire Story  »


Box Office


£8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,643, 30 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,293, 4 August 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1816, Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont and John Polidori gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, in the fabled "haunted summer," which has been depicted in several movies. In a drug- and alcohol-induced frenzy, they engaged in a contest to see who could write the best ghost story. Mary Shelley produced "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus." Byron began a vampire story but abandoned it out of boredom. Polidori picked it up and created "The Vampyre" (the forerunner to Bram Stoker's "Dracula"), whose title character, Ruthven, was modeled on Byron. Jonny Lee Miller portrayed the character named Ruthven in Byzantium (2012) and the title role in the biopic Byron (2003). See more »


Carla is wearing high heels when she is at the strip club performing, when Werner finds her and hunts her down and a chase ensues she is suddenly wearing sneakers. See more »


[first lines]
Eleanor: My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak: the truth. I write all I know of it, then I throw the pages to the wind. Maybe the birds can read it.
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References Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) See more »


Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 No. 2 in A Minor
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by Simon Chamberlain
Published by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Ltd, an Imagem Company
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what a gem
20 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

in all honesty the reason i know about this film is because am sort of fascinated with saoirse ronan and i follow all of her news, but unfortunately this beautiful film hasn't got the fame it deserves in contrast to all the other vampire movies, it's not like any other vampire movie I've ever seen maybe due to the impeccable performances by the leads and also the direction is leaning towards dark and drama rather than teenage fantasies, i mean those vampires share a few traits with the Hollywood sexy monsters, they feed on blood and they live forever and that's it, they don't have super powers and they're not super rich and they don't sparkle or burn in the sun, actually most of the time i kept forgetting that am watching a vampire flick and just got immersed in there stories and mysteries, what also drew me completely into the film is the atmospheric nature and style the director adopted and merged with the angelic music and the grim rainy cloudy weather which helped deepen the edgy feeling of the story. this is definitely a superior piece of art than interview with a vampire just watch it and you'll get the feeling

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