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Bram Stoker's Dracula

  • Drama
  • 1992
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • 121 mins
  • 18

Summary

Horror starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves. Fifteenth-century Romania: returning from the Crusades, Count Dracula discovers his wife Elisabeta has taken her own life, believing him to have been killed in battle. As a result, Dracula renounces his faith and becomes a vampire. Four centuries later, estate agent Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to sell the Count a London property, but when he sees a picture of Harker's fiancée Mina, he believes she is the reincarnation of his dead wife and imprisons Harker in his castle while he travels to England.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Eerie, romantic and operatic, this exquisitely mounted revamp of the undead legend is a supreme artistic achievement. Francis Ford Coppola's film is grandiose in visual approach and uses every cinematic trick - from the basic atmospheric lighting of the silent era to today's more sophisticated techniques - to accentuate the poetic sensuality of Bram Stoker's novel rather than the more exploitative bloodsucking elements. Keanu Reeves's acting as threatened estate agent Jonathan Harker may not be to everyone's taste, but, as the tired count who has overdosed on immortality, Gary Oldman's towering performance holds centre stage and burns itself into the memory.

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Credits

Cast

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DraculaGary Oldman
Mina Murray / ElisabetaWinona Ryder
Professor Abraham Van HelsingAnthony Hopkins
Jonathan HarkerKeanu Reeves
Doctor Jack SewardRichard E Grant
Lord Arthur HolmwoodCary Elwes
Quincey P MorrisBill Campbell
Lucy WestenraSadie Frost
RM RenfieldTom Waits
Dracula's brideMonica Bellucci
Dracula's brideMichaela Bercu
Dracula's brideFlorina Kendrick

Crew

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DirectorFrancis Ford Coppola

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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