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Gods and Monsters (1998)

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

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Betty
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David Lewis
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Harry
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Dwight
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Edmund Kay
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Elsa Lanchester
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Colin Clive
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Leonard Barnett
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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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Biography | Drama

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

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Release Date:

4 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Father of Frankenstein  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,508 (USA) (8 November 1998)

Gross:

$6,390,032 (USA) (23 May 1999)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title comes from a line that appeared in Bride of Frankenstein (1935). In it, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) says to Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive): "To a new world of gods and monsters." See more »

Goofs

The Fiesta disc pitcher used by Hanna in the studio is the post-1986 yellow not the original yellow that would have existed in 1957. 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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The story of this motion picture is based upon certain, actual events and persons. However, some of the characters, incidents and names are fictionized. See more »

Connections

References A Star Is Born (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Bride of Frankenstein
Written by Franz Waxman
Published by EMI Robbins/Fidelio Music Publishing
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A strange and fascinating film
26 December 1998 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Gee, where should I begin? It's a character study -- but on what subject? About a man who came to gay awareness far too late to benefit from the gay lib movement? About an artist whose greatest achievements depended on extinguishing all connections between the personal and the political? All of the above and so much more!

Personally, I'd give the Oscar to Brendan Fraser, who has a much more challenging role as the understated, naturalistic yard man, though Ian McKellan gives such a commanding performance that he's bound to play a prominent role at every award ceremony. If he's dissed because the love interest is gay, it's only the proof gay activists have long sought -- namely, that peronal respect is sexually conditioned.

All in all a wonderful film for anyone who loves great acting and a director willing to push the envelope. It's a terrific look at the ways life has shaped all of our beliefs.

Harry


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