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Dracula is a 1979 horror/romance film starring Frank Langella as
The film also starred Laurence Olivier as Prof. Abraham Van Helsing,
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Jack Seward, Kate Nelligan as Lucy Seward,
Trevor Eve as Jonathan Harker, Tony Haygarth as Milo Renfield, and
Jan Francis as Mina Van Helsing.
The film is based on an adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula
staged for Broadway which also starred Langella in a Tony
Award-nominated performance. The play ran for over 900 performances
between October 1977 and January 1980.
The film was made partly on location at Camelot Castle at Tintagel
and on the South coast at St Austell bay.
The film is set in the Victorian period, when a schooner is
wrecked off Whitby, England, the only survivor is Count Dracula, who
has arrived with large amounts of Transylvania soil to take up
residence in Carfax Abbey, London. He makes friends with Dr. Jack
Seward, who runs the local insane asylum and with his daughter Lucy,
her friend Mina Van Helsing, and with Jonathan Harker, Lucy's
solicitor fiance. But almost immediately, Mina dies from loss of
blood, and just possibly this may not be a coincidence. Prof.
Abraham Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire,
tries to prepare Harker and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the
measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming
one of the undead.
Many of the locals at Tintagel had there heads shaved for the
graveyard scenes and a real Wolf was kept in a cage in the grounds,
The film was directed by John Badham. The original music score is
composed by John Williams.