Gods and Monsters

Synopsis: The story of James Whale, the director of Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), in the time period following the Korean War. Whale is homosexual and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Bill Condon
Production: Lions Gate Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 33 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Your father

was a schoolmaster?

Yes, of course.

And I was going to go up to Oxford.

But the war broke out

and I never made it.

You cannot imagine what life

was like after the Armistice.

The '20s in London.

A break with everything

dour and respectable.

I had a knack

with pencil and paper,

so I was hired to design

sets for stage productions.



Help yourself.

Cucumber sandwiches.

Thank you, Hanna.

And you can go now.

There was one play

in particular,

a beautiful, grim study of

war called Journey's End.

Every experienced director

turned it down. Not commercial.

So I offered myself.

Journey's End made the careers

of everyone associated with it.

It was only a matter of time

before Hollywood beckoned.

How much longer before

we get to the horror movies?

Am I right in assuming, Mr. Kay, that

it is not me that you are interested in,

but only my

horror pictures?

No, but it's the horror movies

you'll be remembered for.

I'm not dead yet, Mr. Kay.


Uh, I never said you were.

Or will be soon.

So, Journey's End brought

you to Hollywood.

I've got a little proposal.

This line of questioning

is getting old.

- Don't you think?

- I don't mind.

Well, I do.

Let's make it more

interesting for me.

I will answer truthfully any

question that you put to me,

and in return, for each answer you

will remove an article of clothing.

I thi...

That's funny, Mr. Whale.

Yes, it is, isn't it?

My life as a game

of strip poker.

Shall we play?

So the rumors are true then.


What rumors would those be?

That you were

forced to retire...

because of,

um, a sex scandal.

A homosexual scandal,

you mean.

For me to answer a

question of that magnitude,

you'll have to remove

both your shoes and socks.

You're a dirty old man.


Oh, it is kind of you to indulge

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Bill Condon

William Condon (born October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed the films Gods and Monsters (1998), Kinsey (2004), and Dreamgirls (2006), wrote the screenplay for Chicago (2002), and directed the final two installments of the Twilight series (2011, 2012), and Beauty and the Beast (2017). Condon won an Academy Award as screenwriter for Gods and Monsters; he was also nominated for his screenplay for Chicago. His work in television includes directing pilot episodes for several series. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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