Dracula

Dracula

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Director: John Badham

Cast: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence

     
 

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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 performancesSee more details below

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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.

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This oft-criticized take on the classic Bram Stoker story is probably its most controversial adaptation. W.D. Richter's screenplay toys with the source material in some interesting ways -- like making Lucy a proto-feminist -- but it suffers from a muddled third act and reduces Harker to a nonentity, a flaw compounded by Trevor Eve's lackluster performance. These flaws keep this version of Dracula from reaching classic status, but the film remains worthwhile because it gets several other things right. Frank Langella makes an excellent Dracula, creating a figure whose seductive nature is a key part of what makes him frightening. Sir Laurence Olivier matches him note for note as Van Helsing, bringing a delightful theatrical touch to his sparring matches with the evil count. Best of all, John Badham directs the proceedings with a true flair for gothic melodrama and gives the film a tremendous sense of atmosphere. His work is aided immensely by a thunderous (and rather atypical) score from John Williams and the lush, moody cinematography of Gil Taylor. Ultimately, the pros outweigh the cons in this version of Dracula and it remains worthwhile for fans of old-fashioned horror.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/1998
UPC:
0014381427721
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Langella Count Dracula
Laurence Olivier Abraham Van Helsing
Donald Pleasence Jack Seward
Kate Nelligan Lucy Seward
Trevor Eve Jonathan Harker
Jan Francis Mina Van Helsing
Janine Duvitski Annie
Ted Turner Swales
Kristine Howatih Mrs. Galloway
Peter Wallis Priest
Joe Belcher Tom Hindley
Anthony Haygarth Renfield
Frank Henson Demeter Sailor
Sylvester McCoy Walter
Gabor Vernon Captain of Demeter

Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Art Director
Roy Arbogast Special Effects
John Bloom Editor
Robin Gregory Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Mirisch Producer
Peter Murton Production Designer
Tom Pevsner Associate Producer
W.D. Richter Screenwriter
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Anthony Waye Asst. Director
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Scene Index

Chapter Index.
0. Chapter Index.
0. Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 01:49:06
1. Main Title; A Storm at Sea. [4:01]
2. The Sanitarium. [6:04]
3. Investigating the Shipwreck. [5:40]
4. The Dinner Party. [8:22]
5. Mina Recieves a Visitor. [11:35]
6. Harker Visits Dracula. [5:31]
7. The Funeral. [3:37]
8. Lucy Dines with Dracula. [8:28]
9. Van Helsing's Lecture. [6:04]
10. Dracula Takes A Bride. [4:31]
11. The Search for Mina's. [5:32]
12. Van Helsing's Discovery. [10:15]
13. The Search for Dracula. [14:50]
14. Dracula Abducts Lucy. [6:58]
15. The Rescue. [4:31]
16. End Credits. [3:02]

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