• Gods and Monsters (1998)

Gods and Monsters

Release Date: November 4th, 1998

DVD Release Date: June 8th, 1999

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Once a powerful Hollywood director best known for "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein," James Whale (Ian McKellen) is long since retired and in increasingly poor health. His stalwart housekeeper, Hanna (Lynn Redgrave), quietly disapproves of Whale's faceless, nameless parade of young gay lovers, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener Clayton Boone, a former Marine and Korean War veteran, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest.

Cast: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich, Kevin J. O'Connor, David Dukes, Brandon Kleyla, Jack Plotnick

Director: Bill Condon

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Regent Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

Keywords: Moving , Death , 1950s , Emotional , Forbidden love , Fall , Touching ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Bob GrahamSan Francisco Chronicle

    An actors' feast. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Examiner

    One of the most complex and powerful literary scripts in recent times. show more

  • 88
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    It has the most beautiful ending of any American film in years, a coda of reconciliation and remembrance set in a gentle L.A. rain. show more

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)