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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 »

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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:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,508, 8 November 1998

Gross USA:

$6,451,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,451,628
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Runtime:

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

When Whale and Boone get caught in the rain they shelter under an umbrella. In one shot Whale's right side is completely drenched, in a following shot his right side is much drier. 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 Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Bride of Frankenstein
Written by Franz Waxman
Published by EMI Robbins/Fidelio Music Publishing
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Beautiful and subtle
18 August 2012 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

The plot summary for Gods and Monsters states that it follows the last days of horror director James Whale, but it shouldn't be thought of as a biopic; it manages to avoid almost every pitfall suffered by most movies of that genre, except for one - predictability. The film is very predictable every step of the way, even if you know absolutely nothing about Whale's life or death, you can tell very early on exactly how it's going to end. It doesn't matter, though, because Gods and Monsters isn't about the story; it's an art-house piece and a character study, an exploration of a complex personality and, above all, a remarkably beautiful film.

Like any biographical film, Gods and Monsters relies heavily on one powerful lead actor; Ian McKellen gives one of the best performances of his career as James Whale, with whom he clearly felt a certain bond. McKellen puts his whole into the film and creates real sympathy for Whale. Fantastic as he is, though, it's not a one man show; gorgeous editing that manages to organically combine flashbacks with loving references to Whale's own early films, creates a strong sense of atmosphere that Whale himself would have been proud of. Gods and Monsters is a natural companion piece to Ed Wood and Shadow of the Vampire, but it's by far the most brooding, subtle, thought-provoking one of the trio. As for supporting cast - Lynn Redgrave is fantastic in a small but memorable part as Whale's maid; Brendan Fraser, on the other hand, plays a very generic character, mostly there as an avatar for the viewer, and though his performance is decent, it's not by any means impressive, and he gets a little too much screen time, taking the film down just a notch from masterpiece status.


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