Dracula

1979

Dracula

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63%

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Total Count: 16

58%

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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

Cast

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
Kristine Howatih
as Mrs. Galloway
Kristine Howarth
as Mrs. Galloway
Joe Belcher
as Tom Hindley
Ted Carroll
as Scarborough Sailor
Frank Birch
as Harbormaster
Gabor Vernon
as Captain of Demeter
Frank Henson
as Demeter Sailor
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Critic Reviews for Dracula

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Audience Reviews for Dracula

  • Jun 10, 2017
    Overall the plot is a bit undercooked, but Langella's performance is legendary for a reason.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2007
    Frank Langella as the king of the vampires, not so threatening, but certainly a charming s.o.b., ogling the women in the house with impunity. At one point he reminds his pursuers, "for 500 years I've fought off your kind!" and one doesn't get the feeling that that's a truism. Nonetheless, moody and atmospheric, sticking to the familiar, oft told story, and not a waste of time. One wishes for more threat though.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2007
    The marketing was good, but it's so terribly dated now.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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