Interview with the Vampire

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Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of director Neil Jordan's major Hollywood productions, the film stays close to its source material, retaining the frame of a young reporter Christian Slater interviewing a man who claims to be a 200-year-old vampire. The man, Louis Brad Pitt, shares his story, beginning in 18th-century New Orleans with his first encounters with the charismatic and decadent vampire Lestat Tom ...
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Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of director Neil Jordan's major Hollywood productions, the film stays close to its source material, retaining the frame of a young reporter Christian Slater interviewing a man who claims to be a 200-year-old vampire. The man, Louis Brad Pitt, shares his story, beginning in 18th-century New Orleans with his first encounters with the charismatic and decadent vampire Lestat Tom Cruise. Lestat converts Louis to blood-sucking and immortality, but Louis fails to adopt Lestat's cavalier attitude, instead tormenting himself with guilt over his new nature. The two vampires remain deeply, if reluctantly, connected over the years, while becoming intimately involved with others of their kind, including Claudia Kirsten Dunst, a mature immortal in a young child's body. Fans of the novel raised numerous objections, particularly after Rice initially spoke out against the casting of Cruise as Lestat; further casting difficulties followed the death of River Phoenix, whose role as the interviewer was assumed by Christian Slater. Rice later recanted her objections, and the combination of thrills and gothic romance proved popular with audiences.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This sumptuously mounted adaptation of Anne Rice's bestselling novel brings her most intriguing character, the vampire Lestat, to life in the person of matinee idol Tom Cruise. Rice partisans initially balked upon hearing that Cruise had been cast, but his charismatic presence strengthened the picture and disarmed most of his critics. Brad Pitt plays Louis, a sensitive young man who reveals to a reporter Christian Slater the story of his troubled, 200-year existence as a vampire, beginning with his induction into that unnatural fraternity by the courtly Lestat. The film, which travels to Europe and back over the course of centuries, is most compelling in its exploration of the alternative family formed by Lestat, Louis, and child vampire, Claudia Kirsten Dunst in an impressive performance. As directed by Neil Jordan The Crying Game, Interview is slow going at times, but it features a terrific cast and possesses an eerily hypnotic quality that will appeal to horror-movie lovers in general and Rice fans in particular.
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The flap over whether Tom Cruise could pull off a blonde, long-haired vampire, about as far afield from anything he'd done as you can get, proved to be justified, but the miscasting is only one of the flaws of this intermittently pleasurable, but ultimately frustrating film. Cruise can't be blamed for giving anything less than his all, but a more European, Victorian actor (Daniel Day-Lewis had been mentioned) would have been a smarter translation of Anne Rice's seductive antihero. Brad Pitt compounds things by moping for much of the movie, bringing the number of charismatic actors misused by director Neil Jordan to two. What Jordan gets right is the gothic wantonness and moldering grandeur of old-world New Orleans, which becomes a character in itself through the Oscar-nominated art direction. The subculture of blood-sucking socialites is truly eerie, and the violence is more raw and grisly than was permissible in a stylized outing like Bram Stoker's Dracula. Making as big an impact as anything is 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst, in her Golden Globe-nominated breakthrough, thirstier for blood than most movie children get to be. Because of such heavy R-rated subject matter, audiences were divided on Interview With the Vampire depending on what they could tolerate. The only mediocre success of what could have been a franchise suggests that there is something untranslatable about Rice's stylish prose, which may also shed light on the slow crawl of her other novels toward the big screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2001
  • UPC: 085392112432
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Lestat
Brad Pitt Louis
Antonio Banderas Armand
Stephen Rea Santiago
Christian Slater Malloy
Kirsten Dunst Claudia
Domiziana Giordano Madeleine
Thandie Newton Yvette
Indra Ové New Orleans Whore
Laure Marsac Mortal Woman on Stage
Micha Bergese Paris Vampire
Katia Caballero Woman in Audience
Susie Figgis
Marcel Iures Paris Vampire
George Kelly Dollmaker
Jeanette Kontomitras Woman in Square
Bellina Logan Tavern Girl
Susan Lynch Paris Vampire
John "Spud" McConnell Gambler
Helen McCrory 2nd New Orleans Whore
Monte Montague Plague Victim Bearer
Lyla Kay Owen Widow St. Clair
Roger Lloyd Pack Piano Teacher
Miranda Richardson
Sarah Stockbridge Estelle
Juliet Taylor
Andrew Tiernan Paris Vampire
Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director, Screenwriter
Mick Audsley Editor
Michele Burke Makeup
Joseph R. Burns Asst. Director
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director
Michael Cristofer Screenwriter
Yves de Bono Special Effects
Nick Dudman Makeup
George Fenton Score Composer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Stella Furner Set Decoration/Design
David Geffen Producer
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Jean-Michel Hugon Art Director
Monroe Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Rob Legato Special Effects
Malcolm Middleton Art Director
Sarah Monzani Makeup
Redmond Morris Co-producer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Woolley Producer
Anne Rice Screenwriter
Morag Ross Makeup
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Francesca Lo Schiavo Set Decoration/Design
Michael Stevenson Asst. Director
Juliet Taylor Casting
Jim Tocci Art Director
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Joke Van Wijk Editor
Stan Winston Makeup
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Shall We Burn Him, Bury Him? What would he have liked?"

    I have to say, I like the movie version of Interview With the Vampire better than I do the original written one. All the excess words and scenes in the book are absent in the film, and all you’re left with is pure story. I love the way the movie flows from one time period to the next. The sets, the lighting and the music all combine to create a sad and delicate world. The only thing about it is that the actors speak so softly that I sometimes was forced to use the subtitle feature to understand what they were saying. But still, it’s a wonderful movie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL!

    This movie rocks!! The best book to movie adaptation I've EVER seen!! The whole cast is stunning, especially Tom Cruise, and everything is perfect!! See this movie now if you haven't already!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #1 Vampire Movie

    First of all, this is THE best vampire movie. It is a Creepy & Scary movie, too. One of the creepiest part is when Claudia, Kirsten Dunst's character, kills Lestat, Tom Cruise's character. The scariest part was when Louis, Bradd Pitts' character, kills all the vampires in that place. There are also some funny bits in it too, although you wouldn't think there would be any funny bits in a horror movie. I would not reccomend this movie to children under 11, though, because there is nudity & gore in this movie. All the actors do very good in their roles, but Kirsten D. really did a good job, considering how young she was. If you are a fan of vampire movie you simply cannot ignore this one. If you buy it you won't regret it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Vampire Movie Ever

    This was the best movie about vampire and I've seen in my 18 years of life.Scince I'm a big Lestat fan,I loved Tom cruise's portrail of Lestat because he looked so hot in blond hair but let's not forget about brad pitt and Kristen Dunst.I think that Brad Pitt suffers too much in louis's role and that makes the movie better.I loved Kristen dunst's role as Claudia even though I didn't like that scene in the movie when she kills lestat.But the movie is still good and will be the best vampire movie ever!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    The Life of a Vampire Most horror films today are full of b

    The Life of a Vampire
    Most horror films today are full of blood and guts. I haven’t seen many in the past few years’ worth watching. One movie that was very good is Interview with a Vampire starring Tom Cruise.
    In this film, Cruise asked a human to write about his life story as a vampire over the ages. The story begins when Cruise was turned into a vampire, and goes on to show how he killed for food and fun with his vampire friend. Later on in the story, he turned a child into a night walker, so he could have his own little family. As most people know, vampires do not age, so this film covers many decades in time.
    Many films today are created very fast with very poor stories. I will admit that I am very fond of vampire stories for the most part. When films go to the extreme, killing everyone in sight just to kill, or show blood and guts all over the place, it has no real story. Interview with a Vampire has much killing and blood, but it also has a great story in telling many periods of the vampire’s life.
    Several images in the film have death involved in them, but more than half do not. They show how a vampire can enjoy his live and even love. Cruse, in the movie has a few wives or girlfriends, but the love of his life is a little vampire girl about ten years old that he created to be his family.
    The entire film takes a myth and makes you look at the idea of a vampire as being potentially real. All of the clothing being of the time period, along with music, even the method of traveling by horse and buggy fit in very well.
    As we all know vampires are not real, but they make for a good story. This one, in my opinion is the best ever made, and will live on throughout time, much as the vampire do.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it played a smile on my face thought the movie.

    it was great i loved this movie as much as i loved the book it had a smile on my face the whole time and i couldnt help but luagh in some scenes but i have to say if ur a armand lover i wouldnt hold my breath he was ruind in this movie and the scene in the book where louie and lestat have to share a coffin is gone but thats ok it's still great i would watch it over and over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    APPLAUD.......APPLAUD

    APPLAUD.......APPLAUD

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    The Book Was Still Better!!!!!!!

    As much as I like this movie (not only because young Brad Pitt was yummy) I still think the book was better. THere is just so much more content in the book to like. Its always better to watch the movie though, then read the book because it makes the book seem better but if you try to read the book first and then watch the movie its not so great.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I loved it!!!!

    This movie was very intellectually stimulating. It kind of makes you think about the plot and what will happen next. Some parts of it I did not expect but were very interesting all the same. I'm SOOO glad I bought it. This is one movie I will watch over and over again!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love Love Loved it.

    I Loved this Movie, But i am not Sure if i love it more than the Book. I Love The Characters, and the people who play them. I thought They were all Wonderful. I Could watch this movie over and over and over again and it would never get old. I Have to say though my Favorite character is Louis, i love Everything about him. He's what kept me so interested in the story. :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A remarkable vampire film

    This is the one case when the movie is better than the book. Brad Pitt plays the melancholy Louis and is ultimnately turned vampire by the infamous Lestat, played ingeniously by Tom Cruise. Both actors play well off each other and bring untiy to the best vampire story ever created and flow visciously throughout. Torn between moral reason and the terrible desire to kill, Louis must face those demons within himself before acheiving that peace. However, the devilish Lestat makes Louis's life a living hell with his selfish ways and demanding orders. Truly a magnificent and unique story thought up by Ann Rice. To this day, Interview with the Vampire still lives eternal and is unable to perish.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad vamp fangs equals lots of slurping and saliva spewing

    I saw this movie when I was in college. It was a big deal then because it was an Anne Rice book come to life in cinema. I pretty much liked it over all except for Tom Cruise. He was too short to be Lestat and his terrible wig was just laughable. Brad Pitt was better but he still slurped a lot from the pool of saliva behind his fake fangs. Tom Cruise was even worse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT'S A WINNER!!!!

    I have seen just about all the Vampire movies I can think of, but this one is the best of them all. There will never been another one like it, EVER!!!! Brad Pitt is superb, great, awesome and sooooo believeable. Banderas is sexy as usual. Cruise, well, I am not a big fan, but thought he did a great job. I would never consider this movie a horror flick, more of a drama/suspense/love story. It is a must to have in your collection of movies to watch again and again, with the lights out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST. VAMPIRE. MOVIE. PERIOD.

    I really don't think there is a better one out there. The characters in this movie or so well defined they seem real. I love this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE EVER!!!

    This is one of my favorite movies! It stays pretty close to the book and the ending is terrific! Tom cruise, Brad Pitt, Anotonio Banderas, and Kirsten Dunst also do an excellent job! Not to mention that Tom Cruise looks insanely hot!!A must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MOVIE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I think it was extremely well done and the acting was great in my opinion (Though I'm no expert). It's also great for all you Brad Pitt and/or Tom Cruise fans out there ;) THey did a great job. I think Tom Cruise portrayed Lestat wonderfully, and the same goes for Antonio Banderas. He was perfect for Armand. Anyway, I think it was a touching and beautiful movie, aside from also bloody and gorey (which I love!)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    This movie was altogether the best vampire movie I've ever seen. It captures the gloominess and enchanting atmosphere of the book. Also Tom Cruise(Lestat), Brad Pitt(Louis) and Kirsten Dunst(Claudia) all play the characters exceptionally. This movie really stayed true to Anne Rice's book, unlike the movie Queen of the Damned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Vampire Masterpiece

    This movie was one of the best vampire movies I have ever seen. I am very into vampires and this one really captures the essence of all vampire kind. I truely love it. Brad Pitt (Louis), Tom Cruise (Lestat) and Antonio Banderas (Armond) make truely convincing vampires. Newcomer Kirsten Dunst (Claudia) plays a wonderful part as the younger girl turned vampire by Lestat. This is a wonderful movie filled with action, suspense, love, and heartbreak. I recommend this to all lovers of life, love, and vampires.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Es una pelicula erotica, romantica y hermosa.

    Esta pelicula es la unica de vampiros que me apetece ver una y otra vez. la tematica y la adaptacion son fantasticas, a pesar de salirse de los argumentos del libro. son impactantes las actuaciones de Brad Pitt y Kirsten Dunst, son hermosos su personajes y las interpretaciones que ellos hicieron.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    I was truly blown away by this film. It's dark artistry is just captivating and it has become one of my favorite movies of all time.

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