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'Bram Stoker's Dracula'

August 14, 1994|Kevin Thomas

This enjoyable 1992 release might be more aptly titled "Francis Coppola's Dracula." The director brings to the umpteenth retelling of Stoker's 1897 novel the grand operatic style of his "Godfather" movies plus considerable sensuality and an affectionate tongue-in-cheek play to the vampire tale. Gary Oldman is suitably world-weary as Dracula, and Winona Ryder (pictured, with Keanu Reeves as her suitor) is his winsome victim. The starry cast includes Anthony Hopkins and, most memorably, Tom Waits as Renfield, the grotesque early victim of the Transylvanian count. A lush period production: Eiko Ishioka won an Oscar for her opulent costumes (Cinemax Sunday at 9:30 p.m.).

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