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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

Frankenstein (original title)
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When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge.

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Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

Mary Shelley (novel), Steph Lady (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Creature / Sharp Featured Man
Kenneth Branagh ... Victor
Tom Hulce ... Henry
Helena Bonham Carter ... Elizabeth
Aidan Quinn ... Walton
Ian Holm ... Victor's Father
Richard Briers ... Grandfather
John Cleese ... Professor Waldman
Robert Hardy ... Professor Krempe
Cherie Lunghi ... Victor's Mother
Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Moritz
Trevyn McDowell ... Justine
Gerard Horan ... Claude
Mark Hadfield ... Felix
Joanna Roth ... Marie
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In 1794, in the Arctic Sea, Captain Robert Walton is a man obsessed to reach the North Pole, pushing his crew to exhaustion. When his ship hits an iceberg, it is stranded in the ice. Out of the blue, Captain Walton and his men overhear a dreadful cry and they see a stranger coming to the ship. He introduces himself as Victor Frankenstein and he tells the Captain the story of his life since he was a little boy in Geneva. Victor is a barilliant student, and in love with his stepsister Elizabeth, an orphan that was raised by his father Baron Victor von Frankenstein. In 1793, Victor moves to Ingolstadt to study at the university, and he promises to get married to Elizabeth. At the university, Victor befriends Henry Clerval, who becomes his best friend. Victor gets close to Professor Waldman and decides to create life to cheat death, but Waldman advises him that he should not try this experiment, since the result would be an abomination. When Waldman dies, Victor steals his notes and tries... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for horrific images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein de Mary Shelley See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,212,889, 6 November 1994

Gross USA:

$22,006,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$112,006,296
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SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was the first film directed by Kenneth Branagh not to feature Emma Thompson. See more »

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When Elizabeth, while engulfed in flames, falls to the floor from the staircase near the end of the film, ignition fluid is visible on the floor in order to cause the flames to spread. See more »

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The Creature: I am done with man.
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There is a workprint circulating which contains gore which was cut to earn an "R" rating, as well as other scenes, including the Fay Ripley scene and the re-animated dog scene. See more »

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Another Great Film from Kenneth Branagh
4 March 2004 | by richardscdSee all my reviews

While many people seem to scorn this film, I found it wonderfully enjoyable. Like the great Orson Welles, He stars in, and directs, many of his movies. This one in particular shows some of his more excentric, if not marketable, passions in filmmaking that make movie buffs and connaisseurs alike enjoy this stylized and emotional film.

Yes, it is melodramatic. Yes, the acting is often over the top. But what many critics of this film fail to recognize is that this is precisly the point. By staying very true to the source material(until the Elizabeth thing) and the significant changes that WERE made are clear evidence of this. The book was melodramatic. What Kenneth Branagh does here is stay true to the spirit of the classic gothic novel. The great close-ups define the characters, and through them you can understand them. Do not mistake stylization for poor film-making, because this is a wonderfully made and presented film, that if understood captivates you from the first spoken words(a quote from Mary Shelly, setting up the stylization) to the last frame.

Know what you're getting into, a passionatly made film about what drives one to both excel and what drives one to madness, and the dangers of excess beyond reason. If you have read the book, regardless of whether you liked it or not,see this movie. You will love what they have retained, and will embrace what they've changed. this is not a film(not a movie, a film) for everyone. But for those who are willing to have an open mind, it is pure bliss!


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