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as Count Dracula
as Dr. Jack Seward
as Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
as Jonathan Harker
as Mina Seward
as R. M. Renfield
as Mrs. Galloway
as Mrs. Galloway
as Tom Hindley
as Scarborough Sailor
as Captain of Demeter
as Demeter Sailor
Critic Reviews for Dracula
John Badham directs with great verve and pace, considerably helped by the atmospheric organ music of John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Several horror scenes, notably those not involving Dracula himself, are genuinely creepy.
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.
Granted, it's staged and composed like Masterpiece Theatre.
The casting is right on target and the atmosphere fittingly eerie in director John Badham's suspenseful, handsomely-mounted 1979 version.
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.
The marketing was good, but it's so terribly dated now.
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.
|Count Dracula:||Forgive me, Doctor. I hate mirrors, They reflect man's vanity.|
|Count Dracula:||Listen to them, the children of the night. What sad music they make.|
|Count Dracula:||You needn't shout, Mr. Harker. You frightened me.|
|Renfield:||Nice and fat and juicy.|
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