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Gods and Monsters -- The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored.


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Writers (WGA):
Christopher Bram (novel)
Bill Condon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 November 1998 (USA) See more »
The last days of Frankenstein (1931) director James Whale are explored. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ian McKellen ... James Whale

Brendan Fraser ... Clayton Boone

Lynn Redgrave ... Hanna

Lolita Davidovich ... Betty

David Dukes ... David Lewis

Kevin J. O'Connor ... Harry

Mark Kiely ... Dwight

Jack Plotnick ... Edmund Kay
Rosalind Ayres ... Elsa Lanchester

Jack Betts ... Boris Karloff

Matt McKenzie ... Colin Clive

Todd Babcock ... Leonard Barnett

Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy ... Princess Margaret

Brandon Kleyla ... Young Whale

Pamela Salem ... Sarah Whale

Michael O'Hagan ... William Whale

David Millbern ... Dr. Payne

Amir AboulEla ... The Monster
Marlon Braccia ... Elizabeth Taylor
Jesse Long ... Assistant Director (as Jesse H. Long)
Owen Masterson ... Camera Assistant
Lisa Vastine ... Librarian

Kent George ... Whale at 25

Martin Ferrero ... George Cukor

David Fabrizio ... Photographer

Jesse James ... Michael Boone

Lisa Darr ... Dana Boone
Paul Michael Sandberg ... Sound Man

Judson Mills ... Young Man at Pool
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Dignam ... Ernest Thesiger (uncredited)

John Gatins ... Kid Saylor (uncredited)
Curtis Harrington ... Cukor Party Guest (uncredited)

James Lecesne ... Jack Pierce (uncredited)

Sarah Ann Morris ... Daisy (uncredited)

Richard Pines ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jennifer Tolkachev ... Party guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Condon 
Writing credits
Christopher Bram (novel "Father of Frankenstein")

Bill Condon (screenplay)

Produced by
Clive Barker .... executive producer
Paul Colichman .... producer
Gregg Fienberg .... producer
David Forrest .... executive producer
Mark R. Harris .... producer
Sam Irvin .... co-executive producer
Stephen P. Jarchow .... executive producer
Lisa Levy .... line producer
Valorie Massalas .... co-executive producer
Spencer Proffer .... co-executive producer
Beau Rogers .... executive producer
John Schouweiler .... line producer
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Stephen M. Katz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Virginia Katz 
Casting by
Valorie Massalas 
Production Design by
Richard Sherman 
Set Decoration by
Jim Samson  (as James Samson)
Costume Design by
Bruce Finlayson 
Makeup Department
Sheryl Blum .... additional hair stylist
Judy Crown .... key hair stylist
Debra-Lee Davidson .... additional makeup artist
Tarra D. Day .... key makeup artist (as Tarra Day)
Carol F. Doran .... wig maker (as Carol Doran)
Cyndra Dunn .... additional hair stylist
Cyndra Dunn .... additional makeup artist
Kim M. Ferry .... additional hair stylist
Rita Green .... additional hair stylist
Rita Green .... additional makeup artist
Robert Hallowell II .... additional hair stylist (as Robert Halliwell)
Roy Knyrim .... makeup effects supervisor
Jerry Macaluso .... makeup effects supervisor (as Gerry Macaluso)
Robin McWilliams .... additional hair stylist
Nina Minster .... additional makeup artist
Cindy Nakadaira .... additional hair stylist
Cindy Nakadaira .... additional makeup artist
Scott Tebeau .... makeup effects artist (as Scott Tabeau)
Cass McClure .... prosthetics technician (uncredited)
Mike Smithson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gregg Fienberg .... unit production manager
Thomas Carl McGuinness .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Brookes .... second second assistant director
Lynn K. D'Angona .... first assistant director (as Lynn d'Angona)
Marybeth Hagner .... second second assistant director (as Mary Beth Hagner)
Carla Rose Ponzio .... second assistant director
Art Department
Holly Brand .... on-set dresser
Maggie Cone .... set dresser
Adam Cook .... assistant property master
Jennifer Croyle .... buyer (as Jennifer Lee Croyle)
Jennifer Croyle .... set dresser (as Jennifer Lee Croyle)
Thomas Goehring .... set dresser
Brian Gott .... set dresser
Brad Hirsch .... set dresser
Nate Juda .... set dresser
Michael Lindsay .... property master
Gilbert Lopez .... set dresser
Edward J. McCarthy .... lead man (as Edward McCarthy)
Mario Nino .... set dresser
Jon Seminara .... set dresser (as John Seminara)
Ashley Sibille .... set dresser
Jeffrey Sibille .... set dresser
Tom Stepanovich .... set dresser
Art Vasenius .... set dresser
David Warren .... set dresser
Sebastian E. Zabala .... set dresser
Sandy Adams .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Bach .... supervising sound editor
Nancy Lee Bleisch .... adr editor
Sarah Brady .... adr supervisor
Joe Carey .... sound effects editor
Geoff Clark .... sound services manager
Kevin Compayre .... boom operator
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
Shawn Holden .... production sound mixer
Marty Hutcherson .... re-recording mixer
Carlos Isais .... foley recordist (as Carlos 'Chuck' Isais)
Margie Lala .... assistant sound editor
Ross Levy .... boom operator
Rick MacLane .... chief sound engineer
LaNessa Phearson .... boom operator (as Lanessa Phearson)
Monique Reymond .... foley artist
Brian Smith .... adr mixer
Sarah Smith .... assistant sound editor
Mimi Starrett .... sound services manager
Cameron Steenhagen .... assistant sound editor
Jason Thibault .... foley editor
Jason Thibault .... foley mixer
James G. Williams .... re-recording mixer
John A. Willingham .... boom operator
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Special Effects by
Mike Vartak .... rain effects
David Waine .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Gina Galvan .... visual effects supervisor
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... main title sequence optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Chuck Borden .... stunt coordinator
George B. Colucci Jr. .... additional stunts (as George Colucci)
Joe Murphy .... additional stunts (as Joseph Murphy)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marshall Adams .... gaffer
William Ambrose .... grip
Steve Barnes .... first assistant camera
Roman W. Bennett .... electrician (as Roman Bennett)
Gary Bloom .... grip
Steve Cooke .... electrician
Kyle Davis .... grip
Tony X. Deale .... grip (as Tony 'Big T' Deale)
Matthew Devitt .... grip (as Matt Devitt)
Dave Devoe .... lighting technician: musco light (as Dave DeVoe)
Patrick Farrell .... grip (as Patrick Farrel)
Stefan Fernandez .... electrician (as Stephen R. Fernandez)
Anne Fishbein .... still photographer
Dan Fisher .... electrician
Brian Freidin .... electrician (as Brian R. Freidin)
Michael Goldman .... best boy grip
Ric Griffith .... grip
Arni Hansson .... additional first assistant camera (as Arne Hansson)
Adam Harrison .... electrician
Renee Hedstrom .... second assistant camera
Mark W. Hindle .... 24 frame video operator
Hooper .... grip
Blake B. Jackson .... grip (as Blake Jackson)
Timothy Kiley .... additional camera loader
Kristopher Lamorte .... grip (as Kristopher LaMorte)
Lance Layman .... additional first assistant camera
John A. Locke .... electrician
Richard A. Ludt .... dolly grip
Kim McCall .... 24 frame video operator
Scott J. McGregor .... grip
Vladimir Melnik .... electrician (as Vladimir Melnick)
Ken Metz .... grip
Justin Mitchell .... electrician
Ian S. Momberger .... electrician
Linda Morgenstern .... additional first assistant camera
Christopher Olson .... 24 frame video operator (as Christopher Olsen)
David Rosner .... additional second assistant camera
Terry Schroth .... camera loader
Barnaby Shapiro .... additional first assistant camera
Bruce Sharp .... electrician (as Bruce Sharpe)
Tim Shinkle .... grip
William Skinner .... electrician
Andrew Smith .... best boy electric (as Andrew JJ Smith)
Justin Stroh .... electrician
Keith Talley .... key grip (as Keith A. Talley)
Justin Webber .... additional second assistant camera
Jonathan M. Wiener .... electrician
A. David Burleigh .... 24 frame video assistant (uncredited)
Peter M. Smith .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Erica Arvold .... casting associate
Deena Benz .... casting intern
Wynn Marlowe .... casting assistant
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlene Amateau .... assistant costume designer
Janine Burke .... wardrobe assistant
Rikke Rosbaek .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Larry Engelmann .... final colorist
Bob La Rossa .... color timer (as Robert La Rossa)
April Martin .... second assistant editor
Carl Pedregal .... first assistant editor
Keir Randall .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Farnaz Farjam .... assistant location manager
Paul Wilson .... location manager (as Paul 'Crash' Wilson)
Music Department
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Emile Charlap .... music contractor
Michael Farrow .... music engineer
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Susan Pilcher .... music coordinator
Spencer Proffer .... supervising music producer
Brian Richards .... music editor
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
John Moses .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert Aguilar .... driver
Baz .... driver
Timothy P. Best .... driver: honeywagon
John J. Cardos .... driver: production van
Tom Halowell .... driver (as Tom Hallowell)
Eric Miller .... transportation coordinator (as Eric 'Eyore' Miller)
Reed Phillips .... driver
David D.B. Wilson .... transportation captain (as David B. Wilson)
Other crew
Joe Abele .... set production assistant
Allison Andrade .... assistant: Mr. Harris
Leonardo Arterberry III .... set production assistant
Brian Askew .... stand-in
Shaher Batroukh .... set production assistant
Howard Behnken .... stand-in
Mary Brunner .... set production assistant
Tasha Compton .... assistant: Mr. Jarchow (as Latasha Compton)
Josh Cook .... set intern
Maura Corcoran .... set production assistant
Joe Daley .... assistant: Mr. Barker
Michael Donner .... post-production accountant
Melissa Horlick .... additional craft service
Kelli Hyatt .... craft service (as Kelli Michna)
Charlie Jakab .... set production assistant
Wendy Kutzner .... assistant production coordinator
Jed Lambert .... set production assistant
Michael H. Lauer .... business affairs: Lauer & Associates (as Michael H. Lauer Esq.)
Michael H. Lauer .... legal services: Lauer & Associates (as Michael H. Lauer Esq.)
Patrick Jack Lee .... financial services: Imperial Bank (as Patrick Lee)
Jesse Long .... script supervisor (as Jesse H. Long)
Theodore S. Maier .... office production assistant (as Ted S. Maier)
Eric P. Mandel .... business affairs: Lauer & Associates (as Eric P. Mandel Esq.)
Eric P. Mandel .... legal services: Lauer & Associates (as Eric P. Mandel Esq.)
Hunter J. Mayers .... office production assistant
Jane McAllister .... stand-in
Fonya Naomi Mondell .... set production assistant
Buckley Norris .... production insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance
Risa Grobart Pavlich .... production accountant
Michael S. Peters .... key office production assistant
Dana E. Refano .... nurse
John Michael Scholl .... assistant: Sir Ian McKellen (as John Michael)
Suzy Strawn Scott .... studio teacher (as Suzy Strawn)
Cody Smith .... swan wrangler
Paula Smith .... key set production assistant
Andrew M. Stewart .... production coordinator
Adonica Thompkins .... assistant: Mr. Colichman
Michael Tschetter .... office production assistant
David Warren .... set production assistant
Sean Zell .... set intern
Jerry Macaluso .... prosthetics supervisor (uncredited)
Jared Seltzer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Tschetter .... production assistant (uncredited)
Wayne Alexander .... the producers and director wish to thank (as L. Wayne Alexander)
Chris Andrews .... the producers and director wish to thank
Ron Bechard .... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Joel Cohen .... special thanks: for the use of original paintings by James Whale
Les Cripe .... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Arthur Dignam .... the producers and director wish to thank
Michael Foster .... the producers and director wish to thank
Kenneth Hardy .... the producers and director wish to thank
Curtis Harrington .... the producers and director wish to thank
Edward Hibbert .... the producers and director wish to thank
Adam Krentzman .... the producers and director wish to thank
Peter Levine .... the producers and director wish to thank
Anna C. Miller .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Anna Miller)
Jack Morrissey .... the producers and director wish to thank
Ryan Murphy .... the producers and director wish to thank
Michele Pietra .... special thanks: for the use of original paintings by James Whale
Rhonda Schepisi .... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Draper Shreeve .... the producers and director wish to thank
Ed Sikov .... the producers and director wish to thank
Joe Smith .... the producers and director wish to thank
Mason Wiley .... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for sexual material and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | New Zealand:M | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

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The film was shot in only 24 days. Filming began on June 30, 1997 in Pasadena, California. The 24 days of principal photography were completed on July 28, 1997.See more »
Continuity: When Clayton and Betty are by the car talking with the open car door between them, from one angle Betty is seen with her left hand on her hip then shown from the reverse angle her hand is on top of the car door.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.
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20 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Gods Does Some Brilliant Soul Searching, 16 April 1999

Gods and Monsters is an invigorating look into the spirit and the meaning to be found at the end of one's life. The film is based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram and explores the final days of James Whale, the director of the original Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein movies. It was written and directed by Bill Condon (Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh) and features a highly talented cast, led by Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, and Lynn Redgrave. Though not every scene is right on target, Gods is perhaps one of the most moving and emotionally complex films to hit the theatres in a long while. The story takes place in 1957 and is based on the relationship between the retired director and his gardener. Whale (McKellen), long forgotten by the Hollywood studios, has withdrawn to a secluded life of painting. However, following the latest in a series of disabling strokes, Whale becomes more and more reliant upon the care of his live-in maid Hannah, and more and more distraught at what seems to have been a lonely and meaningless life. Then he meets Clayton Boone (Fraser), the burly young gardener that Hannah has recently hired. Whale becomes fascinated with Boone, and right away asks to paint him. Boone, though somewhat flattered, is reluctant to accept the offer of the intimidatingly flamboyant Whale because he is unsure of the old man's motives. Boone does finally accept, however (if only to please the lonely old man), and what results between the two is of the most beautiful of friendships. McKellen and Fraser thrive during these scenes, in which their true acting talent shines through delightfully. The film is at its best here too, for it is here where we learn about the fears and inhibitions of the two characters. We learn that Boone and Whale, at opposite ends of life but equally as afraid of what lies ahead, really need each other. Whale needs someone to validate his existence and to bury the monsters of his past, and Boone needs someone to fill the void that was created by the lack of a father figure in his life. There are times, however, when Gods and Monsters can run a little slow. I particularly felt this way during Whale's dream sequences in which Fraser played Dr. Frankenstein and McKellen appears as the monster himself. These scenes serve to reinforce Whale's view of himself as a perverted monster, but they don't seem fit with the tone of the film and feel confused. For the most part, however, the imagery that Condon loads his film with is wholly positive. One such instance takes place in a scene between Boone and his former girlfriend, Betty (Lolita Davidovich). Betty, the older of the two, gets through telling Clayton that he is too immature and drives away, leaving him standing all alone on a hopscotch course in the middle of a playground. Boone, upset by what Betty has just told her, kicks a nearby can in disgust. The unmistakable impression that Condon conveys to the audience is that Boone, playing kick the can on top of a hopscotch course, is indeed a child. There is no doubt, however, that the acting is what makes Gods and Monster shine. Both McKellen (Actor) and Redgrave (Supporting Actress) were nominated for Oscars, and deservedly so. McKellen (Apt Pupil, Richard III), in pulling off beautifully such a complex role, once again proves that he is one of the top four or five actors around. And Redgrave, who won a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award for this role, brings energy and wit to Hannah, whose wry humor and old-fashioned religious morality helps to pump life into Gods while at the same time further antagonizing the beleaguered Whale. It is refreshing to see her character written in this way, as all-too often this type of supporting character acts merely as a go-between and mediator for the two major characters. Brendan Fraser is another plus, too. Audiences who are used to seeing Fraser in one-dimensional roles for such movies as Blast from the Past and Encino Man may be pleasantly surprised as to the amount of depth he is able to bring to Clayton Boone. There are very few films that come out nowadays that have a combination of good acting, scriptwriting, and directing. Gods and Monsters is one of those few. It is certainly a film that is driven by the acting, but Condon's direction, as well as his script (which earned Condon a Best Screenplay Adaptation Oscar) provides a workable stage for the acting to take place. The result is one extraordinary film that any true movie-lover must see.

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