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The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored.

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The story of James Whale, the director of Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale is homosexual and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine. Written by James Fortman <sydb1367@rocketmail.com>

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Rated R for sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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4 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Father of Frankenstein  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£59,834 (UK) (26 March 1999)

Gross:

$6,390,032 (USA) (21 May 1999)
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Trivia

Ian McKellen said that he felt very comfortable playing the role of James Whale. For, like Whale, McKellan is a homosexual British actor who spent his early career in the theater and ultimately started a career in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

When Whale is playing "strip interview" his cigar case appears and disappears from his hands between shots. He also opens it twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hannah: [whispering] She was ugly when I brought her. I not like her. Mr. Jimmy not like her. Better you indicate, Mr. David.
David Lewis: Stop.
Hannah: Shhh.
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Crazy Credits

The format of the end cast credits, headlined "A Great Cast is Worth Repeating," mirrors the way Universal gave their closing credits when James Whale was directing his horror classics. See more »


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Just Might Be Tonight
Written by Spencer Proffer & Steve Plunkett
Performed by Johnny Spark
Produced & Arranged by Spencer Proffer & Steve Plunkett
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Wonderful Film
10 May 2006 | by (San Marcos, California) – See all my reviews

The performances in this film are absolutely brilliant. Ian McClellan works magic as James Whale. Vanessa Redgrave is perfect as the devoted housekeeper. Brendon Fraser truly shows depth of character as the gardener.

Not only is the cast top notch but the film is filled with fantastic imagery and subliminal qualities that take the viewer into the minds of the characters.

From the beginning to the end the viewer is taken on a journey through the life of James Whale. The emotional roller coaster is one that I highly recommend.

Great film, worth watching several times over.


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