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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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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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Trivia

Sir Ian McKellen said that he felt very comfortable playing the role of James Whale. Like Whale, McKellan is a homosexual British actor, who spent his early career in the theater, and ultimately started a career in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 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 »

Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Bride of Frankenstein
Written by Franz Waxman
Published by EMI Robbins/Fidelio Music Publishing
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12 May 2000 | by icezSee all my reviews

Gods and Monsters

This human drama by talented director Bill Condon is an emotional masterpiece! Based from Christopher Bram's novel, Gods and Monsters depicts the last days of famed director James Whales and his flourishing relationship with his gardener Clayton Boone. Ian McKellen plays the ill-fated director haunted by painful memories of the past while Brendan Fraser, in a very serious role, is the man from which Whales finds peace.

Director Bill Condon is especially remarkable with his use of flashbacks to delineate James Whales' haunting past and imageries from the late director's own creations. He makes his audiences feel the growing bond between Whales and Boone, and effectively touches his audiences during the director's tragic end. Though this episode is a predictable story, it makes us explore within ourselves the Gods and Monsters of our lives.

I'm surprised that the Academy ignored Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser for their extremely fine performances. Ian McKellen gives an outstanding performance as the late director while Brendan Fraser fully shines in the film's climax. Lynn Redgrave is also commendable for her light performance as Hanna, the maid.

This is superbly recommended for anyone looking for a film loaded with emotions


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