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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 37 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Lewis
Edmund Kay
Rosalind Ayres ...
Elsa Lanchester
Colin Clive
Leonard Barnett
Young Whale
Sarah Whale


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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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Father of Frankenstein  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of 2007, one of only three films since the advent of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar to win the award without receiving a Best Picture nomination as well. The first was The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), the second was Sling Blade (1996). See more »


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 »


[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 »


Bride of Frankenstein
Written by Franz Waxman
Published by EMI Robbins/Fidelio Music Publishing
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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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