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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)



Critic Consensus: Overblown in the best sense of the word, Francis Ford Coppola's vision of Bram Stoker's Dracula rescues the character from decades of campy interpretations -- and features some terrific performances to boot.

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Based on Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a full-blooded portrait of the immortal Transylvanian vampire. The major departure from Stoker is one of motivation as Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is motivated more by romance than by bloodlust. He punctures the necks as a means of avenging the death of his wife in the 15th century, and when he comes to London, it is specifically to meet heroine Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), the living image of his late wife (Ryder plays a dual role, as do several of her costars). Anthony Hopkins is obsessed vampire hunter Van Helsing, while Keanu Reeves takes on the role of Jonathan Harker, and Tom Waits plays bug-eating Renfield. Bram Stoker's Dracula was the winner of three Academy Awards.
R (for sexuality and horror violence)
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Columbia Pictures

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Gary Oldman
as Dracula
Winona Ryder
as Mina Murray/Elisabeta
Anthony Hopkins
as Prof. Van Helsing/Chesare
Keanu Reeves
as Jonathan Harker
Sadie Frost
as Lucy Westenra
Tom Waits
as R.M. Renfield
Richard E. Grant
as Dr. Jack Seward
Monica Bellucci
as Dracula's Bride
Cary Elwes
as Lord Arthur Holmwood
Michaela Bercu
as Dracula's Bride
Billy Campbell
as Quincey P. Morris
Florina Kendrick
as Dracula's Bride
Jay Robinson
as Mr. Hawkins
I.M. Hobson
as Hobbs
Laurie Franks
as Lucy's Maid
Maud Winchester
as Downstairs Maid
Robert Getz
as Priest
Dagmar Stanec
as Sister Agatha
Eniko Oss
as Sister Sylva
Laurie Frank
as Lucy's Maid
Tatiana von Furstenberg
as Younger Woman
Jules Sylvester
as Zoo Keeper
Hubert Wells
as Zoo Keeper
Daniel Newman
as News Hawker
Honey Lauren
as Peep Show Girl
Judi Diamond
as Peep Show Girl
Cully Fredricksen
as Van Helsing's Assistant
Don Lewis
as Shadow Puppeteer
Fred Spencer
as Shadow Puppeteer
Mitchel Young Evans
as Additional Puppeteer
Van Snowden
as Additional Puppeteer
Mark Bryan Wilson
as Additional Puppeteer
Bill Campbell
as Quincey P. Morris
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Critic Reviews for Bram Stoker's Dracula

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (9)

This luscious film restores the creature's nobility and gives him peace.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Overall, this Dracula could have been less heavy and more deliciously evil than it is, but it does offer a sumptuous engorgement of the senses.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Top Critic

A somewhat dispersed and overcrowded story line that remains fascinating and often affecting thanks to all its visual and conceptual energy.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This lack of a convincing central dynamic leads to the occasional sense that the film is little more than a spectacular edifice, but you'll be too spellbound to resist seduction.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With Dracula it's apparent that Mr. Coppola's talent and exuberance survive.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It is Coppola's most lavish and, certainly, his most flamboyant film; never before has he allowed himself this kind of mad experimentation.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bram Stoker's Dracula


For Carpathian art direction, set design and costuming (the vermilion leather ripples on Dracula's battle armor, etc.), 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' is an exquisitely iridescent triumph from the notorious precisionist Francis Ford Coppola. Narrative-wise, the visually sumptuous story recaptures the forlorn, doomed love story and writhing sensuality of the original text that most adaptations leave out but Winona Ryder never smolders with his costars. Gary Oldman is alternately romantic and horrifying (his demonic bat makeup is a ghastly embodiment that still sends shivers down your spine) in the title role. When he salivates over blood smatterings on Harker's razor and glides inhumanly on a dolly track, Oldman taps into the insatiable appetite of the bloodsucker. As a Keanu Reeves apologist, I can't defend his miscast turn as Jonathan Harker. He is simply too postmodern-surfer for the role and his line delivery could generously be called wooden. But for pitch-perfect casting, Tom Waitts is wondrously bug-eyed and loony as the stark-raving Renfield. To his credit, screenwriter James V. Hart alludes to Vlad's skirmish with the Turkish empire which amplifies the historical subtext. The London-bound scenes with Lucy, Mina and Arthur are pretty pedestrian as if they are excerpts from a particularly sedate Jane Austen novel about erogenous repression. Next to Max Shreck and Legosi, Oldman's rendition of Dracula might be the definitive version in this ostentatious take.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


Dracula: Listen to them: the children of the night. What sweet music they make. "Lord Never Dies" After just recently reading Dracula for the first time, I thought I'd give Francis Ford Coppola's film another look. This is a pretty faithful adaption altogether, albeit with the sexual subtleties from the book thrown out. The subtleties aren't there when it comes to sex anymore. There's a lot of nudity, a lot of sex talk, and innuendo thrown in throughout this Dracula adaption. Same story as every other Dracula. Jonathon Harker is sent to Transylvania to meet with, and care for the purchases of Count Dracula. Once in his castle, Jonathon notices a lot of unusual things with the Count and his home. Soon Dracula leaves for London. Once there he begins corrupting the women as he begins his takeover of London, England, while also trying to get Harker's wife, Mina, to himself. The cast isn't perfect in this one and neither are the characters. Keanu Reeves feels so out of place in this movie. Van Helsing, like every other Van Helsing character, doesn't really feel like the character from the book. I like Anthony Hopkins and he's good here as well, it's just not the true Van Helsing. Winona Ryder is a decent, but unsatisfactory, Mina. Gary Oldman is the selling point and is great as Dracula. Altogether this is a really good Dracula adaption. It has its share of problems for sure, but the terrific cinematography, music, and atmosphere of Coppola's horror epic, more then make up for the small problems.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Coppola tries so hard to make something stylish above anything else that his film seems like a ludicrous comedy, with so many laughable camera movements, ridiculous overacting and cheesy effects in a mostly incoherent adaptation of what is supposed to be a terrifying story.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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