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Gods and Monsters (1998)

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The last days of Frankenstein (1931) Director James Whale are explored.

Director:

Bill Condon

Writers:

Christopher Bram (novel), Bill Condon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

The story of James Whale, the Director of Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale was homosexual, and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine. Written by James Fortman <sydb1367@rocketmail.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Gods and Monsters

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

4 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Father of Frankenstein See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,508, 8 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,390,032, 23 May 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Whale gave Peter Cushing his Hollywood debut in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). Cushing went on to play Baron Frankenstein in the Hammer film franchise. See more »

Goofs

When Clayton is discussing the lunch invitation with Hannah, the time on the kitchen clock jumps about inconsistently between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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 character name "Boris Karloff" has the 'TM' symbol next to it, meaning it's trademarked. See more »

Connections

References Journey's End (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Bride of Frankenstein
Written by Franz Waxman
Published by EMI Robbins/Fidelio Music Publishing
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Terrific! (To A Degree)
27 January 2000 | by kthejokerSee all my reviews

From the opening credits to the (mostly) predictable climax, Bill Condon's film is a technical masterpiece and an excellent bit of arthouse fodder to boot.

The title, which comes from James Whale's classic film Bride Of Frankenstein, refers to the gods and monsters living in our lives and vicariously in our close associates' lives.

Condon has done a remarkable job editing in flashbacks, and the sketchy oblique, often contrasted shots pay great homage to Whale's early Universal pictures.

The story is a simple one: James Whale (Ian MacKellan), famed director, has had a stroke and is slowly dying. He is a lonely man in need of companionship and inner peace. He tries to find this solace in Clay Boone (Brendan Fraser, in a rare serious role), his yardman. The blossoming relationship between the two is the plot focus of the film.

Carter Burwell's score is wonderful as always, and Lynn Redgrave's role as Whale's housemaid is superbly put on. A great movie for any fans of the late Whale, or anyone looking for a true human drama.


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