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

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27 December 1978 (Portugal)  »

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A Verdadeira História de Frankenstein  »

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Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy published their original version of the screenplay for this film because they were so unhappy with the way it had turned out. The published script differs from the final film in a number of ways. They were also unhappy with casting - they had requested that Jon Voight be offered the part of Victor Frankenstein - and their hope that John Boorman would be hired as director was also dashed. See more »

Goofs

When Frankenstein dissolves the severed arm with acid, the arm as first shown at the beginning of the scene is significantly different in appearance than the one which is shown actually being dissolved. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Victor Frankenstein: You know, I find I enjoy being a criminal.
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Connections

Version of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Philip Martell
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Star-studded, literate adaptation
14 September 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that this spectacular TV movie (which originally ran in two 2-hour parts) is only available in a much abbreviated 2 hour version (actually this is the version released in theatres in the UK and abroad, while the full version played on US TV) from the cheapie distributor Goodtimes. Hopefully, the full version will one day make it onto DVD (the way it took quite a while for the original SALEMS LOT two-part TV movie to get released on tape and dvd, when it also was only available as a 2-hour abridgement). Written by Christopher Isherwood, this literate, beautifully filmed retelling of the Mary Shelley classic is a must see.


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