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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein -- Robert De Niro heads a stellar cast in this electrifying re-creation of the story of a young doctor whose obsession with death leads him to create a new life.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein -- When Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man he just created, the monster escapes and later swears revenge.


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4 November 1994 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... The Creature

Kenneth Branagh ... Victor Frankenstein

Tom Hulce ... Henry Clerval

Helena Bonham Carter ... Elizabeth

Aidan Quinn ... Captain Robert Walton

Ian Holm ... Baron Frankenstein

Richard Briers ... Grandfather

John Cleese ... Professor Waldman

Robert Hardy ... Professor Krempe

Cherie Lunghi ... Caroline Beaufort Frankenstein

Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Moritz
Trevyn McDowell ... Justine
Gerard Horan ... Claude
Mark Hadfield ... Felix
Joanna Roth ... Marie
Sasha Hanau ... Maggie
Joseph England ... Thomas
Alfred Bell ... Landlord

Richard Clifford ... Minister

George Asprey ... Policeman

Hugh Bonneville ... Schiller (as Richard Bonneville)

Ryan J-W Smith ... William (as Ryan Smith)
Charles Wyn-Davies ... Young William
Rory Jennings ... Young Victor
Christina Cuttall ... Young Justine

Hannah Taylor Gordon ... Young Elizabeth
Susan Field ... Frau Brach
Jimmy Yuill ... Grigori
Chris Barnes ... Ship's Crew #1

Shaun Prendergast ... Ship's Crew #2
Tommy Wright ... Ship's Crew #3

David Kennedy ... Ship's Crew #4

Paul Gregory ... Ship's Crew #5
Chris Hollis ... Ship's Crew #6
Robin Lloyd ... Ship's Crew #7
Alex Lowe ... Ship's Crew #8
Graham Loughridge ... Ship's Crew #9
Simon Cox ... Ship's Crew #10
Robert Hines ... Ship's Crew #11
Lonnie James ... Rough Woman

Jenny Galloway ... Vendor's Wife
Peter Jonfield ... Rough Man
Edward Jewesbury ... City Official

Siobhan Redmond ... Midwife
Francine Morgan ... Assistant Midwife
Sue Long ... Woman in Labour
Angus Wright ... Guard
Michael Gould ... Stablehand
Max Gold ... Servant
Abigail Reynolds ... Mansion Staff #1
Theresa Fresson ... Mansion Staff #2
Mark Inman ... Mansion Staff #3
Dudi Appleton ... Mansion Staff #4
Meriel Scholfield ... Mansion Staff #5 (as Meriel Schofield)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fay Ripley ... Whore (scenes deleted)

Kenneth W Caravan ... Medical Student (uncredited)

Jim Carter ... Executioner (uncredited)

Patrick Doyle ... Ballroom Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)

Stuart Hazeldine ... Man in crowd scene (uncredited)

Kevin Hudson ... Choir Boy (uncredited)
Peter Noble ... Medical student (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
Writing credits
Mary Shelley (novel)

Steph Lady (screenplay) and
Frank Darabont (screenplay)

Produced by
David Barron .... associate producer
Kenneth Branagh .... co-producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Robert De Niro .... associate producer
Fred Fuchs .... executive producer
James V. Hart .... producer
Jeff Kleeman .... associate producer
David Parfitt .... co-producer
John Veitch .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt 
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Art Direction by
Martin Childs (supervising art director)
Desmond Crowe 
John Fenner 
Costume Design by
James Acheson 
Makeup Department
Christine Allsopp .... makeup artist
Linda Armstrong .... makeup artist: Alpine unit
Janice Barnes .... hair supervisor: special effects makeup unit
Mark Coulier .... prosthetic makeup artist
Paul Engelen .... key makeup artist
Betty Glasow .... hair stylist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Debbie Gower .... assistant prosthetic makeup artist
Carol Hemming .... hair designer
Ilona Herman .... hair consultant: Robert DeNiro
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Robert DeNiro
Callum King .... assistant prosthetic makeup artist
Melissa Lackersteen .... makeup artist: Alpine unit
Deborah Lanser .... makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Paolo Mantini .... key hair stylist
Daniel Parker .... creature makeup
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Amber Sibley .... assistant prosthetic makeup artist
Michelle Taylor .... assistant prosthetic makeup artist
David White .... prosthetic makeup artist
Jeremy Woodhead .... assistant prosthetic makeup artist
Production Management
David Barron .... unit production manager
Leonhard Gmür .... production manager: alpine unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marian Barlow .... third assistant director: second unit
Bernard Bellew .... second assistant director
Simon Crane .... action unit director
Sallie Anne Hard .... third assistant director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director: second unit
Ben Howarth .... third assistant director
Andrew Marcus .... second unit director
Simon Moseley .... second assistant director
Christopher Newman .... assistant director
Richard Styles .... third assistant director: second unit
Richard Whelan .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Darren Bailey .... stagehand
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Doug Bishop .... scenic artist
Celia Bobak .... production buyer
Michael Boone .... draughtsman
Barry Brown .... supervising rigger
Jane Clark .... storyboard artist
Dan Dray .... art department assistant
Fred Evans .... sculptor
Colin Fox .... drapery master
Peter Francis .... set designer
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Danny Hunter .... lead stand-by props
Neil Lamont .... assistant art director
Steven Lawrence .... assistant art director
Richard Lyon .... construction storeman
Jonathan McKinstry .... assistant art director
Allan Moss .... sculptor
Jim O'Hare .... dressing consultant
Adam O'Neill .... draughtsman
Ken Pattenden .... construction manager
Brian Pegg .... plasterer
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator
Ray Rose .... property storeman (as Raymond Rose)
Ted Stickley .... lead dressing props (as Edward Stickley)
Gary Tomkins .... draughtsman
Jane Henwood .... assistant prop buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Campbell Askew .... supervising sound editor
Don Banks .... boom operator
John Bateman .... foley mixer
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant sound effects editor
Mike Dowson .... adr mixer
Mike Dowson .... foley mixer
Robert Gavin .... dialogue editor
Pauline Griffith .... foley artist
David Lawson .... digital sound effects (as Dave Lawson)
Jenny Lee Wright .... foley artist (as Jenny Lee-Wright)
Dominic Lester .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Meadows .... sound mixer
Colin Miller .... sound effects editor
David Motta .... sound assistant
Chris Munro .... sound mixer: Alpine unit
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Sale .... assistant dialogue editor
Ivan Sharrock .... sound mixer
Ian Silvester .... technical engineer
Graham Sutton .... foley editor
Michael Trent .... assistant sound editor
William Trent .... dialogue editor (as Bill Trent)
Ricky Butt .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jonathan Angell .... senior technician
Marion Appleton .... chief painter, special effects makeup unit
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Mark Coulier .... sculptor: special effects makeup unit
Steve Crawley .... wire effects supervisor
Dave Crownshaw .... special effects technician
Simon Davey .... special effects trainee
Dave Eltham .... special effects
Neil Farrow .... special effects editor
Pauline Fowler .... head sculptor, special effects makeup unit
Darrell Guyon .... special effects technician
Steve Hamilton .... special effects floor supervisor (as Stephen Hamilton)
Garth Inns .... special effects
Michelle Jones .... special effects makeup unit: assistant to Daniel Parker
Andrew Kelly .... senior technician
Peter Lange .... special effects: Alpine unit
Kevin Mathews .... special effects wire technician
Nick Millington .... special effects makeup unit: assistant to Daniel Parker
Lulu Morgan .... special effects unit coordinator
Julian Murray .... sculptor: special effects makeup unit
Roger Nichols .... senior technician
Nigel Nixon .... special effects buyer
Stephen Onions .... senior technician
Peter Pickering .... senior technician
Stuart Robinson .... senior technician
Jaki Sale .... special effects makeup unit: department coordinator
Paul Stephenson .... special effects modeller
David Watson .... senior technician
David White .... designer, special effects makeup unit
Nik Williams .... animatronic designer special effects makeup unit
Visual Effects by
Terry Bridle .... model designer
Nicholas Brooks .... digital effects designer (as Nick Brooks)
Richard Conway .... visual effects supervisor
Paddy Eason .... digital effects designer
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
Colin Kinnear .... non-linear technician
Dennis Lowe .... special visual effects cameraman
Roz Lowrie .... editor: CFC
Mark Nelmes .... digital effects designer
Chris Panton .... digital effects designer
Dominic Parker .... digital effects designer
Graham Riddell .... animatronic designer
Val Wardlaw .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Watts .... visual effects producer
Jason Chalmers .... visual effects trainee (uncredited)
Marc Cass .... stunts
Stuart Clark .... utility stunts
Simon Crane .... stunt coordinator
Graeme Crowther .... stunt double: Creature
Ray De-Haan .... stunts
Tracey Eddon .... stunt double: Elizabeth
Sarah Franzl .... stunt performer
Sean McCabe .... stunt double: Kenneth Branagh
Ray Nicholas .... stunts
Andreas Petrides .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Joss Gower .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Abrahams .... dolly grip: second unit
Matthew Allwork .... aerial camera operator: Alpine unit
David Appleby .... still photographer
Jeremy Brookner .... video assistant
Fred Brown .... rigging gaffer
Neil Brown .... second assistant camera: second unit
Peter Butler .... dolly grip
Trevor Coop .... additional cinematographer
Trevor Coop .... camera operator: "a" camera
Barney Davis .... camera trainee
Sascha Dhillon .... camera trainee
Mike Evans .... first assistant camera: second unit
Joe Felix .... dolly grip: second unit
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Robert Finch .... gaffer
Stephen Finch .... electrician
Anne Marie Fox .... still photographer
Mark Gardiner .... vfx camera operator
Graham Hall .... first assistant camera: second unit
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator: second unit
Mike House .... camera grip: second unit
Simon Hume .... first assistant camera
Bill Kaye .... additional still photographer: second unit
Roger Lanser .... director of photography: second unit
Clive Mackey .... first assistant camera: second unit
Skip Margetts .... second assistant camera: second unit
Billy Merrell .... best boy electric (as Billy Merrill)
John Palmer .... camera operator: second unit
Robert Palmer .... second assistant camera
John Payne .... dolly grip
Nick Penn .... first assistant camera
Ray Potter .... gaffer electric: second unit
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator
Kate Robinson .... Steadicam operator
Roger Sharland .... video assistant: second unit
Ian Speed .... aerial camera: Alpine unit
Simon Starling .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Lucinda Syson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Clive .... costume painter
Susan Coates .... costumer
Lorraine Cooksley .... costumer
Naomi Critcher .... costume painter
Tony Hughes .... costumer
Fiona Kebbell .... costumer
Rosemary Lis .... costumer (as Rosemary Worth)
Richard Pointing .... costume supervisor
Lisa Shanley .... costumer
Anne Taylor .... assistant costume designer
Vernon White .... costumer
Pat Williamson .... costume master
Jane Law .... costumes: Ms. Bonham Carter (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Hermione Byrt .... assistant film editor
Simon Cozens .... assistant editor
Rob Green .... assistant editor
Kerry Kohler .... associate editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: re-mastering
Susan Midgley .... assistant editor
Nick Moore .... assistant editor
Melanie Viner-Cuneo .... assistant editor
Scot Deer .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator
Tonia Davall .... musician assembler
Geoff Foster .... music engineer
Paul Hulme .... music engineer
Gerard McCann .... music editor
Roy Prendergast .... supervising music editor
Maggie Rodford .... music supervisor
David Snell .... conductor
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Crawley .... transportation captain (as Michael Crawley)
Terry Pritchard .... transportation captain
Other crew
Ray Adams .... laboratory supervisor: Rank Laboratories
Walter Aeberli .... armorer: Alpine unit
Michael Besman .... production executive
Jane Biro .... assistant publicist
Linda Bowen .... assistant accountant
Robin Chambers .... assistant: Mr. DeNiro
Hugh Cruttwell .... performance consultant
Kay Cutts .... animal trainer
Steve Dent .... horse master
John Falkener .... mountain safety: Alpine unit
Barbra Flinder .... title designer
Ueli Frei .... mountain safety: Alpine unit
Andrew Fuchs .... mountain safety: Alpine unit
Jonathan Glendening .... character research assistant to Robert De Niro
Dan Harvey .... trainer: Mr. Branagh and Mr. DeNiro
Stacey Haynes .... assistant choreographer
Lil Heyman .... assistant production coordinator
Richard Hooper .... armorer
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
Jayne Issott .... production runner
Michael John .... hat maker
Debbie Kaye .... horse master
Sara Keene .... unit publicist
Roger McGowan .... safety boat operator
Ernst Michel .... mountain safety: Alpine unit
Steve Morphew .... stand-in: Robert De Niro
Gary Nixon .... assistant accountant
Annie Penn .... script supervisor (as Annie Wotton)
Iona Price .... production coordinator
Josh Salzmann .... trainer: Mr. DeNiro
Helen Seery .... assistant accountant
Paul Shersby .... unit location manager
Mike Smith .... production accountant
Tamar Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Branagh
Petra Ullrich .... accountant: Alpine unit
Chris Warren .... video coordinator
Hanka Weiszflog .... production coordinator: Alpine unit
Tom White .... production runner
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach: Mr. DeNiro (as Julia Wilson-Dickson)
Leonard Wolf .... historical consultant
Anna Worley .... script supervisor: second unit
Stefan Zürcher .... location manager: Alpine unit
Peter Pedrero .... body double (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frankenstein" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for horrific images
123 min
Color | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Gérard Depardieu and Andy Garcia were early suggestions for the role of the Creature.See more »
Revealing mistakes: After Elizabeth lights herself on fire and runs down the hallway, she jumps off the staircase to the landing below. As she is falling towards the floor, you can see the floor is darkened with "soot" in the exact spot she is about to land before she hits. This shows evidence of previous takes but the floor was not cleaned between takes revealing the already scorched floor.See more »
Victor Frankenstein:And I'm frightened that if I tell you the truth, I'll lose you.
Elizabeth:You'll lose me if you don't.
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62 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
Not your typical horror film - much much better, 21 July 2004
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

(spoilers herein)

I saw this movie for the first time, in the dark solitude of my attic late at night. (I was trying to create a scary atmosphere for maximum effect) To my surprise, though, after it finished, I wasn't very frightened, but very emotionally drained. I had expected Frankenstein to be your classic, everyday, lame horror film which you only watch to get some cheap thrills, and see some horrible overacting. I didn't find it so at all.

This movie was, there is no other word for it, beautifully done - a powerful, dynamic story of how man attempts to achieve greatness, but ends up ruining their lives and the lives of others as a result. I have not read Mary Shelley's book, but if it has half the emotional effect of this movie, I'll consider it time well spent!

What really surprised me though, was that this wasn't a horror film in the traditional sense of the word - it wasn't so that the monster would jump out and the audience would scream. It was more about how the audience would slowly writhe as they realize the tortured motivations of the creature and what he's willing to do as consequence.

Kenneth Branagh brought this movie together wonderfully, with both his directing and powerful, memorable acting as the tormented Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein is somewhat obsessed with death, after losing his mother at an early age, so he attempts to create a new form of artificial life, derived from various body parts of corpses: a life which cannot be so easily extinguished, and is superior to normal human life in every aspect. (except, perhaps, looking normal) However, he soon learns that it's not good to muck around with creating life, when his creation attacks him, and he abandons it. The creature, although initially showing signs of being a sympathetic and caring soul, quickly learns that the ways of man are harsh and judgmental, so he swears revenge on his creator for bringing him into this world of isolation.

The 'creature', was played absolutely masterfully by Robert De Niro. Before Frankenstein, the only movies I had seen with him were Analyze This and Analyze That, and those were comedies, so it was difficult to see his skills as a serious actor, but in playing Frankenstein's creation he created a character that is confused, alone, hostile, manipulative and clever: a very conflicted anti-hero. The scene at the end at Victor Frankenstein's funeral left me in shock by the sheer aura he projects - mixed hatred with compassion and confusion. In my opinion, his best moment is when he meets the ship's captain who asks him 'Who are you?' and the creature nods to his dead creator and responds 'He never gave me a name.' If nobody felt the power in that line, then I don't know what to say to them. I think De Niro deserved an Oscar, or at least a nomination for this role.

The supporting cast is also very good, with Helena Bonham Carter doing a wonderful and chilling job as Frankenstein's wife (another one who I think should have gotten an Oscar nod), and John Cleese (in probably the only downright serious role in his career) being very creepy as Frankenstein's mentor, who realized before that the moral implications of his kind of work cannot be lived with. Ian Holm as Baron Frankenstein was also good, but sadly, his part was underused. It would have been nice to see more of this great actor in this movie alongside all these other great actors. This isn't really a problem for the film as a whole: Holm played a relatively minor character, but I have a lot of respect for his acting skills, and I would have liked to see more of them in this movie.

This is probably one of the most powerful and draining movies I've ever seen in my life; I was so impressed by it that I had to run out and buy the DVD right away. I realize this film has many critics, who claim that it is 'seriously flawed' - I really can't understand what they're talking about. I guess some people are harder to please than others, but I find it almost impossible to find anything wrong with this film. Perhaps it was expected that it would be more your traditional horror film, but it really wasn't a horror movie - it was a character movie. It's true that there were some disgusting parts (I won't go into specifics, but you can probably get the idea), but they seemed to merely add to the mood of the movie, and increase your revulsion that Victor Frankenstein would have thought of creating such a monstrosity. For anyone who needs a good, powerful movie that'll leave you drained and thoughtful, this is THE movie for you!


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