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Gods and Monsters (1998)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 4, 1998
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 17, 2003
 R2: 24 Apr 2000

Budget $3,500,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for sexual material and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country UK, USA

Production Companies
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Lions Gate Films, Regent Entertainment, Showtime Networks, Spike Productions

Studio Regent Entertainment

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Genre: Drama, Biography, Gay/Lesbian, Love, Hollywood, World War I, Showbiz

Plot: Based on Christopher Bram's novel FATHER OF FRANKENSTEIN, Bill Condon's semi-fictional 1998 sleeper stars Sir Ian McKellen in a fantastic performance as director James Whale (FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, SHOW BOAT). It is 1957, and Whale is living in semiseclusion in Southern California with his scrutinizing maid, Hannah (Lynn Redgrave). His health is failing, and he is able to do little but lounge around and contemplate his younger days--his many male loves, his days in WWI, and the film world that has forsaken him. When Whale first gazes upon his musclebound gardener, Clay (Brendan Fraser), however, it is the beginning of an unusual (and platonic) friendship. Seasoned with multiple flashbacks to the sets of his films and to the battlefield, GODS AND MONSTERS is a haunting and touching look at the life of a man who was at the top of the Hollywood hierarchy but soon found himself out of favor--and the offbeat friendship he formed in his final days. McKellen and Redgrave were both nominated for Oscars, and the film garnered one statue for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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 Directed by
Bill Condon
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 Written by
Christopher Bram
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Lynn Redgrave
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Kevin J. O'Connor
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 Music By
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