Based on Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Directed by John Badham
Langella as Count Dracula
Laurence Olivier as Abraham Van Helsing
Pleasence as Dr. Jack Seward
Kate Nelligan as Lucy Seward
Trevor Eve as
Jan Francis as Mina Van Helsing
Janine Duvitski as Annie
Haygarth as Milo Renfield
Teddy Turner as Swales
Sylvester McCoy as Walter
Release: July 20, 1979
Production Company: Universal Pictures, Mirisch Corporation
some simpering reviews, mostly on the star qualities of Langella and Olivier,
this is really a fairly bad movie. Slow, ponderous, changes from Stoker's for
no visible reason, and generally wooden performances form the actors.
has been made of the fact that the movie was overshadowed at release by Nosferatu
the Vampyr and even Love At First Bite - if it wasn't for them,
the lovie argument goes, this film would have shone. Well actually, if it was
overshadowed, perhaps the critics should ask why.
Nosferatu featured a monstrous
Dracula, who happened to be more sensuous than Langella, who camped it up as much
as Love At First Bite - but without the comedy to go with it.
they stuck to the story, they'd at least have that in their favour ... as it is,
it's just one more lumpen movie.
Studio: Universal Studios
Run Time: 109 minutes