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The Bride (1985)

After years of research, the doctor finally succeeds in creating the perfect woman, who gets the name "Eva".

Director:

Franc Roddam

Writer:

Lloyd Fonvielle (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sting ... Frankenstein
Jennifer Beals ... Eva
Anthony Higgins ... Clerval
Clancy Brown ... Viktor
David Rappaport ... Rinaldo
Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Baumann
Alexei Sayle ... Magar
Phil Daniels ... Bela
Veruschka von Lehndorff ... Countess (as Veruschka)
Quentin Crisp Quentin Crisp ... Dr. Zahlus
Cary Elwes ... Josef
Timothy Spall ... Paulus (as Tim Spall)
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Pedlar
Guy Rolfe ... Count
Andy de la Tour Andy de la Tour ... Priest (as Andrew de la Tour)
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Storyline

After the creation of his creature, Dr. Frankenstein researches and creates a perfect woman, Eva, to be the mate of the creature. However, the anxiety of the creature creates havoc in the laboratory that is burnt down and explodes, killing Frankenstein's assistants Dr. Zahlus and Paulus. Dr. Frankenstein believes the creature died too but he flees to the woods. Soon he meets and befriends the dwarf Rinaldo, who gives a name to him, Viktor, and invites him to work in a circus in Budapest. Meanwhile Frankenstein and his house keeper Mrs. Baumann (Geraldine Page) teach Eva how to behave and to be independent. One day, Frankenstein introduces Eva to the high-society, telling that she was found amnesic in the woods and has become his protégée. But Frankenstein becomes obsessed of Eva while Viktor and she have a strange connection. What will happen to Eva? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Here Comes . . .The BRIDE See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La prometida See more »

Filming Locations:

Ain, Rhône-Alpes, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,763,277, 18 August 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,631,784
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With this movie and the later film Vampire's Kiss (1988), actress Jennifer Beals achieved the distinction of having played both a Female Vampire and the Bride of Frankenstein. Both of the pictures were consecutive back-to-back films for Beals. See more »

Quotes

Viktor the Monster: Mine!
[gesturing at Eva]
Baron Charles Frankenstein: Take your filthy hands off me!
Viktor the Monster: [grabbing Eva's hand] For me!
Baron Charles Frankenstein: Yes, she's for you.
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Connections

Referenced in While We're Young (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Tragic and moving.
14 October 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Scripted by Lloyd Fonvielle from the novel by Mary Shelley, this is a fairly interesting revisionist take on Shelley's legendary story. Rock star Sting stars as the icy cold Charles Frankenstein, who as the film opens has already created his male monster (Clancy Brown), and is now in the process of constructing the monsters' mate (Jennifer Beals), whom he names Eva. During the subsequent destruction of Frankensteins' lab, the male monster escapes, soon making the acquaintance of amiable dwarf Rinaldo (David Rappaport). Rinaldos' ambition is to eventually make it to Venice, but for now he wants to join a circus to make ends meet, and the monster - who *Rinaldo* dubs Viktor - tags along. Meanwhile, Frankenstein works hard at creating, in his eyes, the perfect woman to introduce to high society.

The lovely friendship between Rinaldo and Viktor is the true heart and soul of the film, and makes it worth seeing. Rappaport is so endearing - he's the real star of this show - and he and Brown work so well together, that they make the segments with Beals and Sting less intriguing by comparison. There is a theme here of men harbouring a fear and distrust of the empowered woman, and Frankensteins' desire to basically be in charge of Evas' life is part of his undoing. Brown is wonderful as Viktor, and while Sting and Beals do decent jobs, they're not as much fun to watch. A superb supporting cast consisting of Anthony Higgins, Geraldine Page, Alexei Sayle, Phil Daniels, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Quentin Crisp, Cary Elwes, Timothy Spall, Guy Rolfe, and Tony Haygarth lends a great deal of respectability.

"The Bride" has the absolutely perfect look in terms of classic Gothic horror, but in the end it's much more of a drama, and romance, than a horror film. Its opening scene is certainly great horror in the old tradition, and the lab set is amazing. The period recreation is impeccable, and Maurice Jarres' music is beautiful.

Overall, a good film worth a look or revisit for fans of this kind of literature.

Seven out of 10.


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