Combustible Celluloid
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With: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, Sadie Frost, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci, Michaela Bercu, Florina Kendrick
Written by: James V. Hart, based on a novel by Bram Stoker
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and horror violence
Running Time: 128
Date: 11/13/1992

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Oceans of Time

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Dracula appeared in many films before 1992, but Francis Ford Coppola's film is the first official adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. (F.W. Murnau did not credit Stoker on his Nosferatu, and Tod Browning's 1931 film was based on a play.) Coppola's period piece goes big with dazzling costumes, sets, and silent movie techniques to punctuate the story.

Gary Oldman plays an overdressed, over-affected Dracula. Winona Ryder is a standout as the object of his affection, and wife to Jonathan Harker (a miscast Keanu Reeves). Anthony Hopkins plays the vampire hunter Van Helsing. Like many of Coppola's late-period films, it's gorgeous but overly long and emotionally empty. It won three Oscars, for Costume, Sound Effects Editing, and Makeup.

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