Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cast: Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins


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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…  See more details below


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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
One of the most commercially successful horror films of all time, Francis Ford Coppola's reinterpretation of the legendary vampire story isn't really a horror film at all. Despite a powerful opening sequence, amazing special effects, and a brief scene of a lycanthropic wolf-beast having sex, this version strips away most of the scares and sex in favor of romance. Rather than the powerful, feral sexuality of previous screen Draculas -- Christopher Lee comes to mind -- Gary Oldman's performance hinges on sadness, longing, and the memory of his murdered wife. Those familiar with horror archetypes might even argue that this is a mummy film in vampire's clothing. Critics were quick to praise Coppola for his faithfulness to Bram Stoker's novel, but, in re-creating its detail, he may have missed its essence: the vampire is not a romantic anti-hero, but a dark representation of sexual taboo.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

High definition transfer; Film introduction: Watch Bram Stoker's Dracula With Francis Ford Coppola; Full-length director's audio commentary; Four brand new documentaries: The Blood Is the Life - The Making of Dracula; The Costumes Are the Sets - The Design of Eiko Ishioka; In-Camera - The Naïve Visual Effects of Dracula; Method and Madness - Visualizing Dracula; Over thirty minutes of newly unearthed deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Oldman Count Vlad Dracul/Dracula
Winona Ryder Mina Murray/Elisabeta
Anthony Hopkins Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Keanu Reeves Jonathan Harker
Richard E. Grant Dr. Jack Seward
Sadie Frost Lucy Westenra
Cary Elwes Lord Arthur Holmwood
Bill Campbell Quincey P. Morris
Tom Waits R.M. Renfield
Monica Bellucci Dracula's Bride
Jay Robinson Mr. Hawkins
Don Lewis Shadow Puppeteer
James Murray Actor
Fred Spencer Shadow Puppeteer
Victoria Thomas Actor
Tatiana Von Furstenberg Younger Woman
Jules Sylvester Zoo Keeper
I.M. Hobson Hobbs
Laurie Frank Lucy's Maid
Maud Winchester Downstairs Maid
Robert Getz Priest
Hubert Wells Zoo Keeper
Daniel Newman News Hawker
Robert Buckingham Husband
Cully Fredricksen Van Helsing's Assistant

Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director,Producer
Michael Apted Executive Producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
David M. Dunlap Camera Operator
Tony Epper Stunts
Fred Fuchs Producer
Anne Goursaud Editor
Jim V. Hart Co-producer,Screenwriter
Eiko Ishioka Costumes/Costume Designer
Wojciech Kilar Score Composer
Susan B. Landau Associate Producer
Garrett Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Charles B. Mulvehill Producer
Matthew Mungle Makeup
Robert O'Connor Executive Producer
Andrew Precht Art Director
Thomas Sanders Production Designer
Glen Scantlebury Editor
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
David E. Stone Makeup
John Patrick Veitch Co-producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bram Stoker's Dracula - Feature Film
1. Prologue [5:43]
2. London, 1897 [2:24]
3. The Orient Express [4:00]
4. "Enter Freely, of Your Own Will" [3:31]
5. Destiny [3:04]
6. Mina, Lucy & the Suitors [4:32]
7. Mr. Renfield and Dr. Seward [2:40]
8. Many Strange Things [10:38]
9. The Storm [3:48]
10. "Do Not See Me" [3:09]
11. The Cinematography [4:26]
12. "The Eyes!" [3:06]
13. "Do Not Fear Me" [4:20]
14. Abraham Van Helsing [5:38]
15. "Where Did the Blood Go?" [2:29]
16. Rules Café [4:29]
17. Harker's Escape [2:43]
18. "Nothing but Common Garlic!" [3:07]
19. Vlad the Impaler [3:44]
20. The Death of Lucy [5:31]
21. "She Is Undead" [4:31]
22. The Vampire Hunters [7:41]
23. "Take Me Away From All This Death!" [6:17]
24. The Confrontation [3:33]
25. Vampire Hunters in Pursuit [3:01]
26. The Borgo Pass [:46]
27. Whores of Satan [3:37]
28. "Mina, You Are Near" [5:23]
29. Resurrection [2:50]
30. End Credits [6:17]

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Bram Stoker's Dracula 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
1462, Transylvania, Vlad the Impaler leaves his wife to fight the Turks. Out of malice, The Turks send her a letter telling her that her husband is dead. She is so distraught over his death and terrified at being captured that she throws herself from the castle turrets. When Vlad returns, he is told that his wife may not enter the Kingdom of Heaven as she has killed herself, which is a mortal sin. Vlad immediately renounces God and then he himself is condemned. 400 years later, Jonathon Harker leaves London and his fiancée Mina to travel to Transylvania. He has been assigned to help Count Dracula acquire property in England. Jonathon may never return… This film, despite its flaws, will always hold a place in my heart as it inspired me to write my novel, Vrolok. I have always loved horror movies so when I heard that Francis Ford Coppola was making a new Dracula film, I could not wait to see it. I remember eagerly anticipating the announcement of who was to play Dracula, and when I found out that it was Gary Oldman, I was not happy! The only thing I had seen him in was JFK, and I was not very impressed (I was too young to have appreciated Sid and Nancy). However, I still decided it was worth going to the cinema to see the movie as Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes and Bill Campbell were also in it. From the moment Gary Oldman appears on screen, he captivates his audience. His performance is camp, overdone, and at times preposterous, yet it is still somehow seductive, mesmerizing, and sublime. (Bram Stoker would have been proud!). He even utters the line “The children of the night. What sweet music they make” with a thick Romanian accent and gets away with it. I saw this film when I was fifteen and was immediately converted into a life long Gary Oldman fan. As previously stated, and despite Oldman’s performance, the film does have its flaws. Keanu Reeves is about as wooden as a stake and the rest of the cast seem to, just like Gary Oldman, overdo the accents and this is a strategy that doesn’t quite work for the rest of the cast. In addition, Sadie Frost and Wynona Ryder running around in the rain in see-through outfits is clichéd and slightly annoying (I am sure most boys who see this film love that bit). Apart from Oldman’s performance, there is one other thing that has to be commended – the soundtrack – both Wojciech Kilar's score and Annie Lennox’s theme are dark, chilling, and poignant. All in all a great movie – it inspired me to write a book that may or may not make me a million but will always be something that I am proud to have completed.
Mina_Dark More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my favorite films for about the past 13 years. (Yes, I know I'm a slacker, but I just thought of doing a review for it.) Gary Oldman has always been my favorite actor, even before Dracula (State of Grace, Criminal Law, etc.) and he was the perfect casting choice for the most famous vampire. His command of accents was clear and impressive in this film, and he ruled the show with his performance all around. Anthony Hopkins was fantastic as Van Helsing, obviously, and added a new creepy element to the environment. The three suitors of Lucy were excellent and added humor to the otherwise dark script. What was terrible was the casting of Reeves and Ryder. What was the casting driector THINKING!!!??? They are both terrible actors to begin with, and can't do period films to save their lives. Their accents were terrible and oh-so-fake. Had it not been for Oldman and Hopkins, the two of them would've ruined the film. The only reason they were cast, clearly, was to bring in the teeny-bopper crowd while the film was in the theater. SAD! Yes, this film was very different from the novel, but I felt that the artistic approach was excellently done, and since it's a completely different form of media, the film should be seen as itself, not in comparison to something else. (To all the novel fans out there, I know it's difficult. I'm such a reader.) Anyway, I doubt there's many people who haven't seen this, but if you're one of them, see it at least once!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a great vampire movie! ...... i say is the castle far?.. that was so funny lol!.. i would of said "excuse me how far is castle dracula?" or" how much longer 2 castle dracula?" but i still liked the movie 4 it's dark side & the good special effects. and gary oldman gave a great proformance so did anthony hopkins. i loved the special scene with gary & winona when he wanted 2 make her his 4ver, so right that moment he was ready & willing 2 turn her but he loved her so much that he couldn't so he told her i can't i love 2 much 2 condemned you but she refused & said take me away from all this death!..oh what a scene!............. is true love never dies.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Some of the acting was either good, not that good or over the top. Interesting but a little weird.
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A classic that has been so well interpreted that it haunted me long afterwards.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
first rate performances from gary oldman and anthony hopkins but the real credit must go to coppolla and his brilliant visual style. look for little known transylvanian actress florina kendrick as dracula's #1 wife. she's the one with the snake on her face. she will scare the heck out of you when she takes on van helsing in the later stages of the film. anybody know real romanian? i do not think she was talking very nice to mr. hopkins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie because I greatly enjoyed the original book. To say that I was disapointed with the outcome of this movie would be an understatement. The changes between the movie and the book are marked and obvious. The amount of sexual content was amazing. Content wise this is not all that great of a movie. However, the costumes special effects and so on are incredible. Anthony Hopkins does an exelent Van Helsing and Winona Ryder fits into her character like a second skin. Bottom line: Don't watch this because you liked the book, if you like special effects or lots of sexual junk this is the movie for you
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hell, what can i say? The effects were great but it left something to desire. I loved how the actors fit their roles perfectly, I felt that they could have done a better job at making it more realistic. I am a big fan of Anthony Hopkins, but I believe that this was not one of his best acting jobs. But, if you like erotic horror, or just awesome special effects you'll like this movie. The book is much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. That may be because I enjoy good movies, or the fact that this was more than that. The characters are played believably, special effects were wonderful, and the plot keeps you going throughout the whole movie. If you like vampire movies, scary movies, or even romantic ones, you should definitely watch this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie the day it was originally released, and I am not sorry that I did. What got me was the fact that a man could be so deeply in love with his wife that he would search not just across the earth (well, from Romania to England) but across centuries for his one true love. I felt that the actors did their roles justice. Gary Oldman's performance was so good in that he portrayed his character with such intensity and yearning that you could actually feel the emotions, including great love and great heartache, as if they were pouring from the screen. There is some sexuality and nudity that might be a bit much for younger audiences, but otherwise it is a great film and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally I think that Vampires Rock,and I thank Bram Stroker for Creating and working together with producers and Directors for making the movie I really think that it explained alot about the book and how you would think of the characters looking like when you do read it,it gave me a better explanation for just about everything so its very helpful in many ways,The Movie also extended some parts that the Book did not include such as when he had transformed into a man eating werewolf I mean that wasnt in the book but it sure did make the movie a lot more intresting and I enjoyed very much it was an awesome and if you havnt seen it you dont wanna miss it,this is only my opinion but I hope you guys like the movie as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Appearantly Francis Ford Copula was trying to turn Bram Stocker's horror tome into some kind of tragic love story. This is the dominant theme in the movie anyway. Stocker's orginial plot takes a back seat as Dracula's suduction of Mina Harker comes into play. This is one of those movies you have to enjoy in it's own right, because it is only a obscure reflection of Stocker's original. The costumes, sets, make-up, lighting, and music are epic in proportion. It is well cast, though the characters are not true to Stocker's. His characters were noble and virtueous, while the movie's are lustful, course, and generally jerks. If you are a fan of the book, you will not like this movie. While the book only hints at Vampire sexuality, the movie brazenly desplays it. The blood literally flows in torents and nearly every woman's breasts are exposed at some point. Definately not for the squimish. All in all, it is an OK movie, but a travisty to Stocker's book. The book was a story about a group of people trying to stomp out a evil monster. This movie is about a Vampire looking for love in a reincarnation of his dead wife. In the book you hate his guts, but in this, you almost pity him. It completely ruins the horror of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie Bram Stoker's Dracula is directed by Fancis Ford Coppola ( the godfather). The movie is about Johnathon Harker (played by Keanu Reeves) who travels to Travleyn (hope I spelled right) to help a man named Count Dracula (played by Gary Oldman) picked out real estate in London. While Johnathon is there Dracula sees a picture of Mina (Johnathon's finacee)who reminded him of his late wife Elizbeta. Then Dracula decides to go to London to meet Mina, leaving Johnathon to be seduced by his three wives. While in London Dracula meets Mina, while controlling and turning her best friend Lucy into a vampire. I think the movie is very good. I didn't really enjoy the acting of Keanu Reeves as Johnathon Harker, Keanu gives the worst fake english accent. But other then that I really enjoyed the movie and the cast.
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This is my favorite movie. It is a gothic love story and the best vampire movie I have ever seen. It's one of the few vampire movies that aren't cheesy and fake looking. So if you like vampires and love a good love story this is a great one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
O.K., that was a cheap shot ! But, Winona was pretty good in this adaptation. I enjoyed the movie, the subtlety of the gore (well, as such), and the stylishness (not to mention Playboy-type Vampiraas 'sucking' Keanu's 'blood'). Hmmmm ! Guess a little eroticism, nowadays, never hurt a PIX !!! I'm sure F.F.C. enjoyed that little 'scene' (hee, hee!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best dracula movie I've seen so far! It's like a gothic Romeo and Juliet at the beginning, only Romeo turns on God and is now a vampire. Trust me, it's way better then the way I just explained it!! I loved it, romance and vampires all in one.