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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Dracula (original title)
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The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

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Bram Stoker (novel), James V. Hart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Dracula
Winona Ryder ... Mina Murray / Elisabeta
Anthony Hopkins ... Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Keanu Reeves ... Jonathan Harker
Richard E. Grant ... Dr. Jack Seward
Cary Elwes ... Lord Arthur Holmwood
Billy Campbell ... Quincey P. Morris (as Bill Campbell)
Sadie Frost ... Lucy Westenra
Tom Waits ... R.M. Renfield
Monica Bellucci ... Dracula's Bride
Michaela Bercu ... Dracula's Bride
Florina Kendrick ... Dracula's Bride
Jay Robinson ... Mr. Hawkins
I.M. Hobson I.M. Hobson ... Hobbs
Laurie Franks Laurie Franks ... Lucy's Maid
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Storyline

This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic novel. Young barrister Jonathan Harker is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker's betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy's friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away. Written by Goth <brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The blood is life. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and horror violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Romanian | Greek | Bulgarian | Latin

Release Date:

13 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,521,679, 15 November 1992

Gross USA:

$82,522,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,862,692
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charlie Sheen auditioned for the role of Jonathan Harker. See more »

Goofs

After Van Helsing inspects Mina's teeth on the train to Transylvania, Jonathan leans toward her and he is sweating hard. When we next see his face, moments later, there is no sign of sweat. See more »

Quotes

Dracula: Absinthe is the aphrodisiac of the self. The green fairy who lives in the absinthe wants your soul. But you are safe with me.
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Alternate Versions

In 1997, a heavily censored version of the film was broadcast on FOX, garnering much criticism from fans and critics alike, not to mention Francis Ford Coppola himself. Some of the more obvious cuts involve:
  • the character of Renfield is removed entirely
  • the Brides are wearing rags instead of being topless
  • the scene when Dracula gives the brides the baby is gone
  • there are no close ups from Arabian Nights
  • Lucy's comments about sexuality during her introductory scene are removed
  • the kiss between Mina and Lucy in the maze is gone
  • all shots of the Demeter are gone
  • all shots of Dracula howling as the wolf creature are gone
  • the shot of Dracula 'raping' Lucy is gone, and in the close up, Lucy's breast is no longer exposed
  • indeed, Lucy's breasts are seen several times in the uncut film, but in all such cases here, the shot has been altered to remove them and make it look like her clothes aren't actually ripped
  • the destruction of Lucy's body by Van Helsing is gone
  • Van Helsing's exorcism of Carfax Abbey is shortened
  • Mina drinking from Dracula's heart is considerably shortened
  • when Mina slams the sword through Dracula's chest at the end, the shot of it coming out his back and sticking into the floor is gone.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written and Performed by Diamanda Galás (as Diamanda Galàs)
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Spectacular and lavish version with splendid actors , lush photography , breathtaking set design and brilliant costumes
10 March 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A young lawyer named Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves, though Coppola has openly criticized his own reasoning for casting Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker ; according to him, he needed a young, hot star that would connect with the girls) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe . He is captured and imprisoned by a strange vampire and his bloodsucker girlfriends . He really is a 15th-century Romanian warrior who lives on through the ages and gone back life . Avenging the death of his beloved wife ; the undead vampire named Dracula (Gary Oldman , among those who auditioned for the part were Andy Garcia , Gabriel Byrne, Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas and Viggo Mortensen) comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée (Winona Rider) and inflict havoc in the foreign land . As it is said that Dracula has extraordinary powers , but these supernatural powers have sinister origins . Dracula starts a reign of seduction and horror, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy (Sadie Frost) . But Dracula has not counted on young Lords (Gary Elwes , Bill Campbell , Keanu Reeves) acquiring the assistance of the Vampire expert Prof. Abraham Van Helsing 8anthony Hopkins) .

Colorful version about the famous personage with an all-star cast , brilliant cinematography by Michael Balhaus , glamorous gowns and spectacular production design by Thomas Sanders , including evocative sights on Victorian London . And special mention to rousing and powerful musical score composed and conducted by Wojciech Kilar . This thrilling as well as sumptuous film contains horrifying scenes , chills , lots of gore and red jelly was used for the blood . Interesting script by writer James V. Hart , he started writing the screenplay in 1977 ; according to him, David Lean was the first choice to direct the movie, but was unavailable as he was working on Nostromo, which was eventually shelved after his death . Gary Oldman brings something unique to the vampire role, somewhere between Max Schreck's hideous Count Orlok , the debonair Lugosi/Lee/Langela Dracula and a wolfman makeup lookalike , Oldman may well exude some sort of animal magnetism to women, but is still a hideous fanged beast on the prowl . High-budgeted film , though to keep the budget manageable, Columbia insisted that the film be shot in Los Angeles and not on location. Costume designer Eiko Ishioka -who won an Oscar for the movie and previously had dressed in ¨Mishima¨ produced by Coppola- had never seen a Dracula movie prior to being hired for this film ; she was initially hired as the art director, but when Francis Ford Coppola saw some of her costume sketches, he immediately asked her to work as the costume designer. The motion picture was exquisitely realized by the genius Ford Coppola . The picture achieved success at box office , as earnings from the film was enough to save Zoetrope (Francis Ford Coppola's studio) from bankruptcy after suffering from financial difficulties and liabilities of $27 million over the past 3 years. Dracula deservedly won Academy Awards for editing , sound effects , costume design and makeup.

This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker's 1897 classic novel of the same name ; other films retelling the known legend based as originally conceived on this novel are the following : "Bram Stoker's Count Dracula" (1970) by Jesus Franco with Christopher Lee , Hebert Lom , Maria Rohm , Klaus Kinski ; ¨ Dracula¨ (1974) by Dan Curtis with Jack Palance , Simon Ward ,Nigel Davenport , ¨Bram's Stoker Dracula'with David Suchet as Abraham Van Helsing , Marc Warren as Count Dracula and Sophia Myles as Lucy ; and last version ¨Dracula¨2012 by Dario Argento with Rutger Hauer as Abraham Van Helsing , Asia Argento as Lucy , Unax Ugalde as Johnathan Harker and Thomas Kretschmann as Dracula .


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