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Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 27 December 1978
A more psychological telling of the Mary Shelley story has a different kind of monster...

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A more psychological telling of the Mary Shelley story has a different kind of monster...

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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27 December 1978 (Portugal)  »

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A Verdadeira História de Frankenstein  »

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Trivia

The character 'Dr. Polidori' is not taken from Mary Shelley's novel, but was a real life acquaintance of hers. He started to write "The Vampyre" in the same weekend that she got the idea to write "Frankenstein". The actual Polidori served as Lord Byron's doctor at the time, who mockingly referred to him as 'Pollydori', just like Clerval does in this TV adaptation. See more »

Goofs

When Victor is talking to Elizabeth outside the church at his brother's funeral, he is holding his right hand on her shoulder. The shot switches to Elizabeth's face, and his hand is still on her shoulder. In the next wide shot, Victor's hand is down by his side. The following closeup of Elizabeth shows Victor's hand back on her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Victor Frankenstein: Why can't I create life out of death? Out of my brother's corpse?
Elizabeth Fanschawe: That's how Satan tempted our Lord.
Dr. Victor Frankenstein: If Satan could teach me how to bring William to life again, I'd gladly become his pupil.
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Referenced in Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: Dogs (2015) See more »

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The Marriage of Figaro
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Outstanding portrayal of the Frankenstein myth.
23 October 2003 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

James Mason and Leonard Whiting did superb jobs in portraying their parts and this story of Frankenstein. Frankenstein has been around since long before I was a kid, but its always been a thriller to watch. This particular one put on a personal side and a new twist to it not previously seen. Although much of it is repetitious to other movies about Frankenstein, it is worth watching.


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