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Gods and Monsters (1998)

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The last days of Frankenstein (1931) 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)  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,508 (USA) (6 November 1998)

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$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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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Bride of Frankenstein
Written by Franz Waxman
Published by EMI Robbins/Fidelio Music Publishing
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Terrific! (To A Degree)
27 January 2000 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

From the opening credits to the (mostly) predictable climax, Bill Condon's film is a technical masterpiece and an excellent bit of arthouse fodder to boot.

The title, which comes from James Whale's classic film Bride Of Frankenstein, refers to the gods and monsters living in our lives and vicariously in our close associates' lives.

Condon has done a remarkable job editing in flashbacks, and the sketchy oblique, often contrasted shots pay great homage to Whale's early Universal pictures.

The story is a simple one: James Whale (Ian MacKellan), famed director, has had a stroke and is slowly dying. He is a lonely man in need of companionship and inner peace. He tries to find this solace in Clay Boone (Brendan Fraser, in a rare serious role), his yardman. The blossoming relationship between the two is the plot focus of the film.

Carter Burwell's score is wonderful as always, and Lynn Redgrave's role as Whale's housemaid is superbly put on. A great movie for any fans of the late Whale, or anyone looking for a true human drama.


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