Drats... Daves post made me look for a description of the dear Count (I read the story ages ago and lost the book by lending it to a friend) and on the page with the description were also photos of Bela Lugosi... I've heard the name so many times but haven't actually seen his Dracula (as far as I can recall)...
Well, they almost never get him right in the movies, although Christopher Lee actually did a Dracula film for Jess Franco where they tried to visualise him correctly and stay close to the novel's narrative. Lee later said it was the most enjoyable time he'd had playing the role.
I really like the Coppola film a lot - aside from the inserted love story, the movie sticks surprisingly close to the novel and even uses a lot of the dialogue. The thing is, they go kind of nuts with the costume design. Eiko Ishioka's design are so wild and distinctive, though, that I really enjoy them and don't mind at all that they veer off the book (she won an Academy Award for them!).
Anyway: Count Dracula is a tall, strong old man, with silver moustaches and very
bushy eyebrows. His ears are pointed, and his maxillary canines are visible poking into his lower lip even when his mouth is closed. His lips are ruddy. He is extremely pale and dresses all in black. His eyes seem to have a reddish glow in them when he gets cross.
In the course of the novel, the Count transforms into: a bat, a wolf, a mist, and I think there's something about rats, can't remember offhand. He can also move about in daylight, although his powers are much reduced then.