Dracula (1979)

Dracula (1979)




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In the late '70s, Frank Langella starred in the hit Broadway play Dracula, written by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. Langella's charisma and the surreal, black-and-white sets designed by cartoonist Edward Gorey were the chief outstanding features of the play, which was otherwise undistinguished. While this film production of the play boasts performances by stage veterans Lord Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasance, as well as Frank Langella as the suavest of counts, it was neither a critical nor a box-office success, doubtlessly because expectations ran too high. One highlight of this production is its skillful use of special effects. The standard story of Bram Stoker's original novel is re-created here: the undead count arranges to move from his home in Transylvania to Whitby, and once there, a reign of terror begins. He is opposed by the canny Doctor Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier), who eventually triumphs. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Romance
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Frank Langella
as Count Dracula
Donald Pleasence
as Dr. Jack Seward
Laurence Olivier
as Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
Trevor Eve
as Jonathan Harker
Jan Francis
as Mina Seward
Tony Haygarth
as R. M. Renfield
Teddy Turner
as Swales
Kristine Howarth
as Mrs. Galloway
Kristine Howatih
as Mrs. Galloway
Joe Belcher
as Tom Hindley
Ted Carroll
as Scarborough Sailor
Frank Birch
as Harbormaster
Anthony Haygarth
as Renfield
Gabor Vernon
as Captain of Demeter
Frank Henson
as Demeter Sailor
Peter Wallis
as Priest
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Critic Reviews for Dracula

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

A handsome, moody rendition, more romantic than menacing.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

John Badham directs with great verve and pace, considerably helped by the atmospheric organ music of John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Full Review… | September 22, 2015
The Spectator

Several horror scenes, notably those not involving Dracula himself, are genuinely creepy.

Full Review… | June 11, 2012

This is sort of a Saturday Night Fever version of the story with a stylish, afro'ed Langella walking around with an open shirt looking for girls to take to his Castle Disco.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010

Audience Reviews for Dracula

This adaptation wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either. Mostly I found it boring. The actors were just bored and so was I.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


The marketing was good, but it's so terribly dated now.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Rather unfairly slated by critics, I actually think this is one of the better tellings of the count's story. Sticking quite closely to the literary source, and with a strong supporting cast of thesps it's much better than Coppolla's irritatingly self absorbed vanity project.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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