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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

Frankenstein (original title)
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When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge.

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Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

Mary Shelley (novel), Steph Lady (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Creature / Sharp Featured Man
Kenneth Branagh ... Victor
Tom Hulce ... Henry
Helena Bonham Carter ... Elizabeth
Aidan Quinn ... Walton
Ian Holm ... Victor's Father
Richard Briers ... Grandfather
John Cleese ... Professor Waldman
Robert Hardy ... Professor Krempe
Cherie Lunghi ... Victor's Mother
Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Moritz
Trevyn McDowell ... Justine
Gerard Horan ... Claude
Mark Hadfield ... Felix
Joanna Roth ... Marie
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Storyline

In 1794, in the Arctic Sea, Captain Robert Walton is a man obsessed to reach the North Pole, pushing his crew to exhaustion. When his ship hits an iceberg, it is stranded in the ice. Out of the blue, Captain Walton and his men overhear a dreadful cry and they see a stranger coming to the ship. He introduces himself as Victor Frankenstein and he tells the Captain the story of his life since he was a little boy in Geneva. Victor is a barilliant student, and in love with his stepsister Elizabeth, an orphan that was raised by his father Baron Victor von Frankenstein. In 1793, Victor moves to Ingolstadt to study at the university, and he promises to get married to Elizabeth. At the university, Victor befriends Henry Clerval, who becomes his best friend. Victor gets close to Professor Waldman and decides to create life to cheat death, but Waldman advises him that he should not try this experiment, since the result would be an abomination. When Waldman dies, Victor steals his notes and tries... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Be warned. It's alive. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horrific images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein de Mary Shelley See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,212,889, 6 November 1994

Gross USA:

$22,006,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$112,006,296
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SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During his conversation with the Creature in the ice caves, Frankenstein remarks that "There was something at work in my soul which I do not understand". This line is taken almost word for word from the original novel, though there it appears in a letter from Captain Robert Walton to his sister, regarding his desire for exploring, and reads "there IS something at work." See more »

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When Victor first proposes to Elizabeth, he gets on one knee. After he stands up, she puts a hand on his shoulder. It then cuts to a shot of his head and shoulders and her hand is not there. See more »

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The Creature: I'd keep my promises if I were you.
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There is a workprint circulating which contains gore which was cut to earn an "R" rating, as well as other scenes, including the Fay Ripley scene and the re-animated dog scene. See more »

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Classy, gorgeous monster film
27 April 2008 | by rose-294See all my reviews

Written by Steph Lady and Frank Darabont (who later disowned this film) and ambitiously directed by Kenneth Branagh, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a likable film which succeeds mostly in a refreshingly old-fashioned, Hammeresque vein. (I think Christopher Lee hated this movie and equally class-dripping Bram Stoker's Dracula because he felt that they were competing in the same area.) There's the classic monsters (Robert DeNiro!), the period sets, the lovely heroines in the lovely period costumes, the beautiful and suitably turbulent score... Certainly not a perfect film, but as a classy, gorgeous monster movie, it is a woefully underrated one.


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