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Gods and Monsters (1998)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  4 November 1998 (USA)
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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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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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£59,834 (UK) (26 March 1999)

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$6,390,032 (USA) (21 May 1999)
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James Whale directed Valerie Hobson in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Ian McKellen, who plays Whale in this film, previously played Hobson's husband, the British Conservative MP John Profumo, in Scandal (1989). See more »

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During a meeting with James Whale, Clayton has a drink in his hand. The end of one shot shows the glass in one hand while the beginning of the next shot shows it in his other hand. See more »

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[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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The story of this motion picture is based upon certain, actual events and persons. However, some of the characters, incidents and names are fictionized. 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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Not always easy to watch, but worth it...
19 January 1999 | by (Farifield, CT) – See all my reviews

I resisted seeing this film at first, but agreed to see it at a second run house with a group of people. At the film's conclusion, I found that I liked it much more than any other person I went with. I found "Gods and Monsters" to be a thoughtful, intelligent, sensitive-yet-harsh study of later life and the reflections one experiences as death approaches. I was also very pleased to see the film draw Whale's Great War experiences into focus (although in less detail than I would have liked), and make them the central point to his life and career, and, as he is dying, his misery. The rather exquisitely torturous method of his wasting lends veracity to his ultimate actions. The film is also an excellent rumination on the vagaries of fame, artistic or professional control of one's work, and the value of work. Whale also bitterly recalls his youth and the feeling of being trapped in the English caste system in several scenes during a prior "family values" generation.

The film is well-filmed but slow in spots, contains some cliches or scenes that are too "easy", but is highly rewarding, and is driven by excellent performances from Redgrave and McKellan and, to a lesser extent, Fraser. The film's final scene is great, too. I eagerly awaited the premiere of "The Thin Red Line", and having seen it, I would say that this film addresses the issues of individual humanity, social decay, and the horror of war much better. This film should be an Oscar sleeper. 8* out of 10*.


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