Dracula (1979)

In the late '70s, Frank Langella starred in the hit Broadway play Dracula, written by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. Langella's charisma and the surreal, black-and-white sets designed by cartoonist Edward Gorey were the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 20, 1979
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A handsome, moody rendition, more romantic than menacing.

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Brian Holcomb

This is sort of a Saturday Night Fever version of the story with a stylish, afro'ed Langella walking around with an open shirt looking for girls to take to his Castle Disco.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Nice production values, but that's about it

Ted Whitehead
The Spectator

John Badham directs with great verve and pace, considerably helped by the atmospheric organ music of John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Rob Gonsalves

Granted, it's staged and composed like Masterpiece Theatre.

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Scott Weinberg

Just doesn't fly.

Jeremy Heilman

Several horror scenes, notably those not involving Dracula himself, are genuinely creepy.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

The casting is right on target and the atmosphere fittingly eerie in director John Badham's suspenseful, handsomely-mounted 1979 version.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Frank Langella as the king of the vampires, not so threatening, but certainly a charming s.o.b., ogling the women in the house with impunity. At one point he… More
xGary Xx
Rather unfairly slated by critics, I actually think this is one of the better tellings of the count's story. Sticking quite closely to the literary source,… More
Aj V
This adaptation wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either. Mostly I found it boring. The actors were just bored and so was I.
Antony Stubbs
Rather smokin' adaptation. This time round, The Count is played by Frank Langella, who not only tackles the material with aplomb, but looks considerably… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
The marketing was good, but it's so terribly dated now.
Alec Barniskis
Overall the plot is a bit undercooked, but Langella's performance is legendary for a reason.

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