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

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

Mary Shelley (novel), Steph Lady (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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Rated R for horrific images | See all certifications »

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Sir Kenneth Branagh was keen to cast Gérard Depardieu as the Creature, but Columbia Pictures felt that he would not have strong enough box-office appeal. Branagh later cast Depardieu as Reynaldo in Hamlet (1996). See more »

Goofs

During the movie, the scars on the monster's chin and lip change. First his lip is split, later it's healed, but now he has other wounds on his chin. Than his lip and chin are healed, with no scars. But later you see big scars on both his chin and lip. See more »

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The Creature: I'd keep my promises if I were you.
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Alternate Versions

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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Underrated masterpiece
26 January 2004 | by R_O_U_SSee all my reviews

One of Branagh's more maligned works, though for the life of me I can't see why. Sticking closer to the book than to any preconcieved notions of Boris Karloff (perhaps that's why), this injects true horror into the story of a medical student who brings a corpse to life. If you don't like melodrama then maybe it's not the thing for you, but this deserves a far better reputation than it has.


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Country:

USA | Japan | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein 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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1.85 : 1
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