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Bram Stoker's Dracula
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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

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/1997
UPC:
0043396514195
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:07:00

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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 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 W. 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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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
GREAT SPECIAL EFFECTS FOR ITS DAY! I LOVED WHEN HE HISSED AND TURNED INTO A PILE OF RATS. THE SEXUALITY WAS A BIT MUCH FOR KIDS UNDER 14, BUT I THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST HORROR FLICKS...AND I HATE KEANU REEVES.
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
Academy-Award winner Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now") brings his unique vision of the Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker to life. The all-star cast (Gary Oldman is the titular Count, Academt-Award winner Anthony Hopkins as Abraham Van Helsing, among others) is terrific. Purists have complained about the changes made by screenwriter James V. Hart and Keanu Reeves' wooden performance. I say that the script is EXCELLENT, enhancing the story even further than the novel originally did (an approach which Kenneth Branagh would take when he directed "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" two years later, with Coppola and Hart as executive and co-producers). The "R" rating that the MPAA slapped it with is undeserved. Compared to films like "Hannibal," the violence and nudity seem like "Child's Play" (no pun intended). Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief sexuality/nudity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the finest adaptions for Stoker's immortal tale. Gary Oldman IS Dracula. His performance is one of his best. Winona Ryder is a wonderful Mina Murray. Anthony Hopkins is fantastic as always. Keanu Reeves is just bad in every way except for a some good scenes. Sadie Frost is one of the best vixens in a vampire movie ever. This is a movie a horror/drama/romance fan should check out.
Math_prime More than 1 year ago
Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" is simply excellent. The film accurately follows the original story and it includes a brief story of why and how Dracula became a vampire; both are seamlessly blended, which also offers an understanding of Mina Harker's sympathy that goes beyond being seduced by evil. The movie is fast-paced, unlike Bram Stoker's novel being told mostly through letters and diary entries that accurately depicts the speed of communication in the late 1800's.
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 watched this movie last night. It was all right. I think the director should have done a better job of directing it. The directing looked really cheap, like it was a fake set or something. ANd the director of this movie directed The Godfather movies. The movie got really graphic and pornographic at some points. Gary Oldman did a really good job as dracula. I think it was good but needed a little more work. The good thing about it was, they stayed very close to the book. I still, think the original with Bela Lugosi was the best one still. SO if you like Dracula, you might like this one.
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.
kjhproductions More than 1 year ago
i loved this movie. it is kick but. my only complaint is the nudity in the film. my favoritte character is van hellsing
AnetteTepesDracula More than 1 year ago
This movie is an amazing take on the Dracula story and even starts with a bang by mentioning the real Dracula, Prince Vlad Tepes Dracula. Gary Oldman was definitely in one of his most unforgettable and best roles as the prince, vampire, and lover. Winona did a decent job as Mina by portraying the innocence then the descent into lust and womanhood. Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing was a genius move by Coppola, he fit the role perfectly as the quirky Dutch professor. And a brief note for parents: This movie is rated R for a reason. There is a sex scene, a few be-headings, and several stakings. Be sure to consider what you want your child to watch first before showing this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Bram Stoker's book and this movie isn't really all that faithful to the book. It's good and has some scary scenes and is close to the book in many ways but there is a lot of added Hollywood type stuff like making Mina the lost reincarnaed love of Dracula. This is actually a good movie but it really should have been titled Francis Ford Copppla's Dracula instead of having the title Bram Stoker's Dracula. Most of the cast actually give superb performances, especially Gary Oldman as Dracula and Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing though his Van Helsing comes off a bit more eccentric than in the book and kind of creepy! Keanu Reeves was decent as Jonathan Harker and though he's done better acting in other movies I felt he was okay in this. The only person I was disappointed with was Winona Ryder as Mina Murray. I'm normally a fan of this talanted actress but I found her acting in this movie to be bland and her attempts at a British accent much worse than the complaints I have read people making about Keanu Reeve's British accent. Her attempt at an English accent was horrible! All in all I still enjoyed watching this movie and I'm not sorry I bought the DVD.
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.