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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)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 37 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Gross USA:

$6,390,032
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As of 2017, one of only three movies since the advent of the Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium Oscar to win the award without receiving a Best Picture nomination as well. The others being The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Sling Blade (1996). See more »

Goofs

When Hanna stands up to turn the TV off, she throws her napkin/towel on the small table in front of her. It covers most of the table, and also part of her plate (on the right side of the table). When she has turned the TV off and looks back at James, we see the towel lying neatly on the left side of the table. 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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A Whale of a Good Time
5 April 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

I must confess that I watched this film with some trepidation. I had some preconceived notions about what the film would be like, and fortunately I was completely wrong. This film is well-directed, well-acted, stylish, and has a lot of heart. Ian McKellan plays director James Whale with near perfection, and Brandon Fraser and Lynne Redgrave throw in two almost equally done performances. The life of James Whale was one of many different facets and this film pays homage to most of those facets rather than just focussing on one. The film was done in taste considering the content, and again I must applaud the acting which was top-notch. Yes, much of the film deals with Whales lifestyle and the fact that he was a homosexual, but much of the film also centers on Whale's work with the Universal pictures with some astounding flashbacks. There is a great, witty sense of humour pervading the whole film, as well as many horror genre allusions. A thoroughly enjoyable look into the life of one of the horror genre's greatest directors.


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