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Count Dracula (1977)

TV-PG | | Horror | TV Movie 1 March 1978
The vampire count leaves his Transylvanian home to wreak havoc across the world.

Director:

Philip Saville

Writers:

Gerald Savory (adaptation), Bram Stoker (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jourdan ... Count Dracula
Frank Finlay ... Abraham van Helsing
Susan Penhaligon ... Lucy Westenra
Judi Bowker ... Wilhelmina 'Mina' Westenra
Jack Shepherd ... Renfield
Mark Burns ... Dr. John Seward
Bosco Hogan ... Jonathan Harker
Richard Barnes Richard Barnes ... Quincey P. Holmwood
Ann Queensberry ... Mrs. Westenra
George Raistrick George Raistrick ... Bowles
George Malpas ... Swales
Michael Macowan Michael Macowan ... Mr. Hawkins (as Michael MacOwan)
Susie Hickford Susie Hickford ... Dracula's Bride
Belinda Meuldijk Belinda Meuldijk ... Dracula's Bride
Sue Vanner Sue Vanner ... Dracula's Bride
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Storyline

For those familiar with Bram Stoker's novel, this adaptation follows the book quite closely in most respects. Jonathan Harker visits the Count in Transylvania to help him with preparations to move to England. Harker becomes Dracula's prisoner and discovers Dracula's true nature. After Dracula makes his way to England, Harker becomes involved in an effort to track down and destroy the Count, eventually chasing the vampire back to his castle. Written by Cameron Fairchild <fairchop@ix.netcom.com>

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Louis Jourdan, one of film's most dashing leading men, turns chillingly sinister to portray the infamous vampire king.

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Horror

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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When Renfield grabs the bars of his padded cell we can see that they wobble and are clearly made of rubber. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wilhelmina 'Mina' Westenra: You'll write often?
Jonathan Harker: Every day, Mina, I promise.
Wilhelmina 'Mina' Westenra: And I promise to study my shorthand so that I shall be able to do your letters when we're married.
Lucy Westenra: Jonathan! Jonathan! Time for you to go.
Jonathan Harker: Yes, of course.
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A Halloween tradition for 25 years
14 November 2004 | by Am3biSee all my reviews

One of my favorite horror movies of all time. I saw this movie on PBS when it first premiered back in '77 or '78. I recorded it a couple of years later and have watched it almost every Halloween since. My kids have grown up with this as a tradition. Sometimes we skip a year or two but always come back to this classic.

For me the movie captures the essence of the book. Several of my favorite scenes are not necessarily the most important. In the opening while Jonathan is riding in the carriage and they pass the woman praying at the roadside shrine. Waiting all alone at the pass in the dead of night. The arrival of the Count's carriage. The late dinner with gold table service. The great scene of Jonathan shaving and the Count's sudden appearance unreflected in the mirror and his comment "The problem with mirrors is they don't show enough" as he nonchalantly drops the mirror out the window. Jonathan's growing horror as he begins to realize he's trapped. His escape to the decrepit chapel were he finds the blood stained vampires entranced in their coffins. The dreamy waltz like nightmares of Lucy's seduction. The rose pedals falling. Professor Van Helsling's scene where he's making cocoa; handing the first cup to his guest, joined by another he hands his next cup to him and then again until he's eventually made cocoa for everyone. The scene in the woods with Van Helsling, Mina and the three brides of Dracula (especially the terrorized horses bolting). The return to castle Dracula in the light of day.

Dracula is portrayed as both supernatural and human (never melodramatic or campy), very European, very Old World and of course, very tragic. He even is Biblical in his comments that "I make this world my domain" like Satan going to and fro, to and fro in the world.

For me great stories always have a feeling as if they were going on before we arrived and will continue after we leave. This story is like that. I feel as if the story does indeed go way back. And though it has a logical ending it seems as if it will go on. Truly a classic.


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