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Trivia: Bram Stoker's Dracula

For the film:

  • Acting for Two: Winona Ryder plays both Elisabeta and Mina. More subtly and symbolically, the priest who informs Vlad of Elisabeta's damnation is played by Anthony Hopkins, who turns up later as Van Helsing.
  • All-Star Cast: Most of the leads were A-listers at the time — Anthony Hopkins was just coming off his The Silence of the Lambs triumph — with notable character actors rounding out the cast. This was effectively Gary Oldman's breakthrough role for mainstream American audiences.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Sadie Frost - a brunette - dyed her hair red to play Lucy because producers felt she resembled Winona Ryder too much.
  • Edited for Syndication: Along with trims for violence and nudity, all of Renfield's scenes were cut when Fox aired the movie in The Nineties, presumably for time.
  • Fake Nationality: Over half of the main cast, with the exceptions of Dr. Seward, Lucy, Arthur and Quincy.
    • Since Dr. Seward's presumably not Swazi/British colonial in this adaptation, he sort of qualifies as well.
    • Averted with Romanian actress Florina Kendrick, as the Dracula bride who bites Harker in a sensitive spot.
    • Gary Oldman, who is British in real life, plays Dracula, who is Transylvanian.
  • Font Anachronism: We see a ticker tape typing out the message sent to Van Helsing from Dr. Seward. The type appears to be OCR (optical character reader) font which was not created until 1968. Keep in mind that the movie takes place in 1897. That's a 71 year difference.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The film was adapted into a novelization by Fred Saberhagen.
  • Throw It In: Gary Oldman wanted to say "I never drink... wine" as an homage to Bela Lugosi from the 1931 Dracula film (the line as originally written was nearly verbatim to the novel: "...and I do not sup.")
  • Trailer Delay: The teaser trailer promised a Summer 1992 release, but it was pushed back a few months to November.


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