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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
"Frankenstein" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  4 November 1994 (USA)
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When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge.



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In 1794, in the Arctic Sea, Captain Robert Walton is a man obsessed to reach the North Pole, pushing his crew to exhaustion. When his ship hits an iceberg, it is stranded in the ice. Out of the blue, Captain Walton and his men overhear a dreadful cry and they see a stranger coming to the ship. He introduces himself and Victor Frankenstein and he tells to the captain the story of his life since he was a little boy in Geneva. Victor is a brilliant student and in love with his stepsister Elizabeth, an orphan that was raised by his father Baron Frankenstein. In 1793, Victor moves to Ingolstadt to study at the university and he promises to get married to Elizabeth. At the university, Victor befriends Henry Clerval who becomes his best friend. Victor gets close to Professor Waldman and decides to create life to cheat death, but Waldman advises him that he should not try this experiment since the result would be an abomination. When Waldman dies, Victor steals his notes and tries to create ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Be warned. It's alive. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horrific images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,123,393 (UK) (11 November 1994)


£5,723,059 (UK) (9 December 1994)

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Sound Mix:

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| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Connery was asked to play Professor Waldman. See more »


When Victor is about to make Elizabeth live again, he pulls the cover off Justine's body twice. See more »


Victor Frankenstein: I haven't got time to argue!
Elizabeth: Oh, isn't it convenient? Or doesn't it fit in with your plans? Don't you ever think of anything or anyone than yourself?
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Version of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) See more »

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User Reviews

He's my father...
8 January 2004 | by (Pasadena, CA) – See all my reviews

Not knowing what to expect, I was fascinated by this movie. It offered a great story, and finale which lacks in most movies.

I loved the Lon Chaney "Frankenstein", and loved this one too! DeNiro was interestingly cast as the monster. Branagh as Dr. Frankenstein was the most engaging of all, being devastated by deaths all around him and wanting to stop death. It's really a story of playing God, but also having the ability and intelligence to do it ---- and to have the intelligence to see it was not the greatest decision ever made. It's just a love story, bottom line. Wouldn't we want to bring someone back from the dead so we can spend more time with them?

Branagh never got the credit he deserved for this movie. He directed a brilliant story that could have gone anywhere - yet he kept it within the story of love. Kudos Mr. Branagh!!

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