Bill Condon – Gods and Monsters (1998)


Set in 1957, James Whale, the director of Show Boat (1936), The Invisible Man (1933), Frankenstein (1931), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), had long since stepped back from the glamor and glitz of Hollywood. A stroke triggers once buried flashes of memory of his life in Dudley, his film career, and, most influentially, the trenches during the Great War. Haunted and lonely, he recounts many of his experiences to his musclebound gardener, Clay Boone. Despite the divide that exists between them, their friendship develops.

Reliant on his sternly disapproving housemaid, Hannah, the flamboyant director whose time has passed sees himself slipping away, unable to stop the decline, and indulges his fantasies by coaxing Boone to model for him.

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen …. James Whale
Brendan Fraser …. Clayton Boone
Lynn Redgrave …. Hanna
Lolita Davidovich …. Betty
David Dukes …. David Lewis
Kevin J. O’Connor …. Harry
Mark Kiely …. Dwight
Jack Plotnick …. Edmund Kay
Rosalind Ayres …. Elsa Lanchester
Jack Betts …. Boris Karloff
Matt McKenzie …. Colin Clive
Todd Babcock …. Leonard Barnett
Cornelia Hayes O’Herlihy …. Princess Margaret
Brandon Kleyla …. Young Whale
Pamela Salem …. Sarah Whale


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