Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Director Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel stars Robert DeNiro as a terrifying monster created in an obsessive attempt to defeat death and stretch the limits of medicine in the early 19th century. With the use of flashback, a dying Dr. Viktor Frankenstein Kenneth Branagh divulges a tale of gruesome terror to a sea captain Aidan Quinn: As a medical student, the rebellious Frankenstein elaborates on the work of a brilliant scientist John Cleese, successfully bringing to life a ...
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Overview

Director Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel stars Robert DeNiro as a terrifying monster created in an obsessive attempt to defeat death and stretch the limits of medicine in the early 19th century. With the use of flashback, a dying Dr. Viktor Frankenstein Kenneth Branagh divulges a tale of gruesome terror to a sea captain Aidan Quinn: As a medical student, the rebellious Frankenstein elaborates on the work of a brilliant scientist John Cleese, successfully bringing to life a "man" assembled from the body parts of corpses. Upon realizing the destructive consequences of his experiment, Dr. Frankenstein abandons the creature and attempts to return to a normal life with his medical partner, Henry Tom Hulce, and his fiancée and adopted sister, Elizabeth Helena Bonham Carter. In the meantime, the nameless creature struggles with loneliness and rejection from society until he sets out to track down his creator in search of one of two things: a bride to keep him company or revenge. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 was produced by Francis Ford Coppola, who previously directed and produced monster-drama Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992. ~ Lisa Kropiewnicki
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1998
  • UPC: 043396787193
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,997

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Creature, Sharp Featured Man
Kenneth Branagh Dr. Frankenstein
Tom Hulce Henry Clavell
Helena Bonham Carter Elizabeth
Aidan Quinn Walton
John Cleese Professor Waldman
Ian Holm Victor's Father
Richard Briers Grandfather
Robert Hardy Professor Krempe
Cherie Lunghi Victor's Mother
Celia Imrie Mrs. Moritz
Trevyn McDowell Justine
Chris Barnes Ship's Crew #1
Alfred Bell Landlord
Hugh Bonneville Schiller
Richard Clifford Minister
Susan Field Frau Brach
Jenny Galloway Vendor's Wife
Paul Gregory Ship's Crew #5
Mark Hadfield Felix
Robert Hines Ship's Crew #11
Gerard Horan Claude
Mark Inman Mansion Staff #3
Lonnie James Rough Woman
Edward Jewesbury City Official
Priscilla John
Peter Jonfield Rough Man
David Kennedy Ship's Crew #4
Alex Lowe Shop's Crew #8
Shaun Prendergast Ship's Crew #2
Siobhan Redmond Midwife
Joanna Roth Marie
Tommy Wright Ship's Crew #3
Jimmy Yuill Grigori
Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director, Co-producer
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
David Barron Associate Producer
Martin Childs Art Director
Richard Conway Special Effects
Francis Ford Coppola Producer
Desmond Crowe Art Director
Frank Darabont Screenwriter
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Paul Engelen Makeup
John Fenner Art Director
Fred Fuchs Executive Producer
Jim V. Hart Producer
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Carol Hemming Makeup
Priscilla John Casting
Steph Lady Screenwriter
Andrew Marcus Editor
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
David Parfitt Co-producer
Daniel Parker Makeup Special Effects
Daniel Parker Makeup Special Effects
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Alan Shapiro Executive Producer
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
John Patrick Veitch Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Movie!

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstien is one of my favorite books. This movie definitely showcases the book well. Of course there could be changes but that's most if not all books turned into movies. The whole cast does a very good job. If you love the book you need to watch this movie. If you have only seen the old Frankenstien please watch this to see what the real Frankenstien is like. If you end up liking this movie please buy the book because it is a classic.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Book to Film

    This movie presents one of the few yet delightful occasions in which the movie remains (for the most part) true to the novel, as well as an even rarer event in which the movie is (for lack of a more descriptive term) better than the novel. The movie script seems to be taken directly from the text of the book, and transformed into a concise, thrilling, and fully functional visual presentation of Mary Shelley's original work (also partially in thanks to the spectacular performances by Kenneth Branaugh, Helena Bonham Carter, and Robert De Niro.) Being a fan Branaugh and Carter, great literary works, and mild horror, this film caught my attention and held it so well that I watched it twice in one night and again a few days later. Anyone who is a fan of the novel, but finds it a bit too loquacious would absolutely love this movie.
    Again, as an advocate of staying true to original novels, I was thoroughly delighted at the work of these filmmakers, so kudos to you. I had not seen such a wonderful book-to-film job since "The Crucible".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Predictable

    Left me wondering why I watched the movie?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    While this movie was quite entertaining, I'd rather watch another version of Frankenstein. The movie chops off too many important details from the novel that would inform readers of what's going on. If I had watched the movie before reading the book, I'd be totally confused about the plot. Also, the movie does not entirely focus on the book, but rather adds other scenes not mentioned in Shelley's work. I definitely expected more from the movie but like I said, it's entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Close to the book, but tries to fit too much in.

    Firstly, I'd like to address any reviews that compare this to the Karlof films, this is based on the books, those where just based on the concept, two completely different things, get over it. Second, this is a decent adaptation, but D'Nero is too short (for an eight foot creature) and Branagh tries to pack the entire novel into two hours, if feels rushed, like highlights of Frankenstein. Still, if you like the book, this is the version to watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Faithful, Star-Studded Adaptation Of The Novel. Kenneth Branagh At His Best. Recommended For English Classes.

    Kenneth Branagh ("Henry V," "Dead Again," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Hamlet," "Love's Labour's Lost") directs and stars as the "Mad" Victor Frankenstein obsessed with creating life. As with his other movies, he assembles an all-star cast (Robert DeNiro and Tom Hulce, among others) and delivers a faithful rendition of the novel. Fans of the 1931 classic starring Boris Karloff will find plenty to quibble about. So far, it is the only film version to stay true to the novel (despite minor plot changes and an excellent twist, which only serve to enhance the novel's original scope). Recommended for English classes. "Hannibal" is more violent than this film (the violence in this film [and "Bram Stoker's Dracula"] is tame, compared to today's films, excluding "The Passion Of The Christ," which is just as good). Rated PG for some violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only movie faithful to the work

    Mary Shelley's masterpiece of fiction was butchered for the supposedly classic "Frankenstein" movies. While this movie is far from a classic (and nowhere near as good as the book), at least it manages to include the important themes of the story. Anyone who considers Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, anything but a hatchet job needs to read what is one of the great novels in the history of the English language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent rendition of a literary classic

    Alhough I'm not partial to most commercial cinema, I found this film to be immensely enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why do you people hate this movie?

    This is probably the best Frankenstein movie I have ever seen. I think this movie because it follows the book (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) unlike Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, both which just took main elements of the book and came up with new stuff that wasn't in the book (like the giant windmill)and went on from there. Robert DeNiro is a pretty good Frankenstein's monster though he is no Boris Karloff. Kenneth Branagh is great as Victor Frankenstein and you really can't take your eyes off the beautiful Helena Bonham Carter. This movie also has beautiful settings and scenery. Just give this movie a chance and I guarantee you probably will not regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Monster Turkey

    It constantly surprises me that after the original excellent ''Frankenstein'' and ''Bride of Frankenstein'', any filmmaker would dream of remaking Frankenstein. Mel Brooks' ''Young Frankenstein'' was clearly the best. Compared to that skilled piece of 'hip hop,' which remixed the original elements into a story full of comedy and pathos, this turkey is a dodgy cover version sung by a drunk in a bar. As for the actors, most of the smaller parts seem to have been thrown to smug young types who have just graduated from drama school - with many bland youngsters given character roles they can only soil like excited puppies! The stars, on the other hand, seem to be cramming this acting job into their busy schedules of TV talk shows, book signings, or supermarket openings. Breathless and with one eye constantly on the finishing line, they seem to be having out-of-character experiences. The pace cracks on at a terrible speed in a desperate attempt to flag up some excitement, with Doctor Frankie running around like someone's switched his script with Jackie Chan's. We get quick rushed scenes of people running into rooms, bawling mediocre soundbites at each other, or parking their horses too far from the house so that they can run dramatically (yawn) across muddy lawns to finally exchange trite, anachronistic dialogue. This movie compounds its weaknesses by focusing on things it should skip, and skipping things it should focus on. For example, quite a lot of time is devoted to explaining how the monster was apparently taught to read by a herd of pigs! an aspect which only emphasizes the absurdity of the story. The issue of the Monster's literacy was handled much more deftly in earlier movies simply by being left a little vague. More important aspects of the storyline, however, are rendered fuzzy by Branagh's attempts to out-Shakespeare Shakespeare by cramming as many messy incidents into the story as possible with disastrous results for the movie's continuity: ''Geneva!'' the Monster exclaims at one point from his mountain top after some epic journey over the Alps, but of course they forget to give us the complementing view of the city below (Showing a model of 19th century Geneva was clearly outside the ego-targeted budget). The worst thing as with many modern films dabbling in the past is the incredibly anachronistic feeling, with people running around over-emoting as if they've just misplaced their Valium. As for the great love story - this is patently ridiculous as not only does Kenneth Branagh look like a shaggy dog as usual, but also the often lovely Helena Bonham-Carter does too. If they stood still for one minute, you get the feeling crows would nest in their 'romantically windswept' hair. As for Robert DeNiro, his main fault as the Monster is simply being too famous to be credible as the Monster. Unlike many of the cameo actors - friends of Kenneth who are just dropping by to don a costume, spout a few lines, and pick up a cheque - DeNiro sometimes has a look of jaded angst in his eyes that suggests he knew all along he had been tricked into making this Turkey that, Albatross-like, will hang around his neck for the rest of his life.

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