November 4th, 1994



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When Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man he just created, the monster escapes and later swears revenge.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.3/10 (25,334 voted)

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Stars: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter

Dr. Frankenstein creates a simple creature from various body parts. The creature turns into a monster when Dr. Frankenstein rejects him. Sticking close to the original novel, Kenneth Branagh guides us through the story of Frankenstein's quest for knowledge and his creature's search for his "father".

Writers: Mary Shelley, Steph Lady

Robert De Niro - The Creature
Kenneth Branagh - Victor Frankenstein
Tom Hulce - Henry Clerval
Helena Bonham Carter - Elizabeth
Aidan Quinn - Captain Robert Walton
Ian Holm - Baron Frankenstein
Richard Briers - Grandfather
John Cleese - Professor Waldman
Robert Hardy - Professor Krempe
Cherie Lunghi - Caroline Beaufort Frankenstein
Celia Imrie - Mrs. Moritz
Trevyn McDowell - Justine
Gerard Horan - Claude
Mark Hadfield - Felix
Joanna Roth - Marie

Taglines: Be warned.

Release Date: 4 November 1994

Filming Locations: England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,212,889 (USA) (6 November 1994) (2177 Screens)

Gross: $112,006,296 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

After viewing a rough cut, Francis Ford Coppola insisted on cutting the first half hour of the film. When director Kenneth Branagh refused, Coppola publicly denounced the film.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Professor Waldman is administering cholera vaccinations, and they are struggling with the townsperson, the man is saying, "You're not sticking that in me," but his mouth remains tightly closed.

The Creature: I am done with man.

User Review

Unappreciated Classic! 9/10

Rating: 9/10

I nearly spit out my teeth when I saw how low Frankenstein (94) score was. This film is quite simply spectacular! It goes in the same category as From Hell, they are both too sophisticated and beautiful to be JUST horror films. The cleverness of this film and its sheer radiance must throw some people off. Robert De Niro is the creature! De Niro gives the foul beast a soul of his own. De Niro's performance brings out genuine pity, sorrow, and most importantly, fear. Kenneth Branagh has always added a bit of class to his films, and his version of Frankenstein is no different. A visually brilliant triumph as a director.


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