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

- He had a live-in nurse but...

- She was nothing but a bother.

I not like her.

Mr. Jimmy not like her.

It be better if you

live in again, Mr. David.

- Hanna, stop it.

- Shh.

If there's any emergency,

you call me in New York.

Yes, I call.

- Uh, Mr. Jimmy, more coffee?

- What?

Oh, well, yes.

Why not?

Just half a cup, Hanna.

Isn't Hanna a peach, hmm?

But she tells me that you haven't

been sleeping very well.

Well, it's these ridiculous

pills they prescribe.

For instance, the Luminal.

If I take it the next day I go

around as stupid as a stone,

and if I don't take it then my mind's

going off in a hundred directions at once.

Then take the Luminal.

Well, yes, but today I wanted

to be alert for your visit,

particularly as I saw so

little of you at the hospital.

Jimmy, look, I'm sorry, but with

this picture and two difficult stars...

Dear David.

It's no pleasure making you feel guilty.

Go on, off you go.

You don't want to

miss your aeroplane.

- I like your new Cezanne.

- Oh.


Good-bye, Hanna.

I get the door.

Who is this new yard man?

Mr. Boom... I, I don't...

Something "B. "

I hire him while you

were in the hospital.

He came cheap.

Bells of hell go


For you but not for me

O death, where is thy



where thy victory

Good morning.

My name is Whale.

This is my house.

- And your name is?

- Boone. Clay Boone.

I couldn't help but

notice your tattoo.

That motto... "Death before dishonor. "

What does it mean?

- It just means that I was a marine.

- Ah, the Marines.

- I suppose you served in Korea.

- Yeah.

Well, I'm gonna

get back to work.

Well, when you're through

feel free to use the pool.

And we're quite

informal here.

No need to worry

about a bathing suit.

I got another lawn

to do this afternoon.

Oh, well,

then some other time.


keep up the good work.


- Privy needs cleanin'.

- I have me class tonight.

Don't get above yourself.

Leave the drawing to the artists.

Quite so, Mum.

To the privy.

"Quite so"?

Jimmy Whale.

Who are you

to put on airs?

Jimmy Whale.

- Is there iced tea, Hanna?

- Yes, Mr. Jimmy.

- Ah, cucumber sandwiches.

- Mmm.

An interview, after so many years.

Very exciting.

Oh, don't be daft. It's just a

student from the university.


This way, please.

- Mr. Kay, sir.

- Huh?

Oh, yes, of course.

Mr. Kay.

I'd almost forgotten.

My tea-time guest.

Mr. Whale,

this is such an honor.

You're one of my favorite

all-time directors.

I can't believe I'm meeting you.

No, I don't

suppose you can.

And this is your house.


The house of Frankenstein.

I thought you'd live in a

great big villa or a mansion.

Ah, well,

one likes to live simply.

I know. People's movies

aren't their lives.

"Love dead. Hate living. "

That's my favorite line in my favorite

movie of yours:
Bride of Frankenstein.

- Is it indeed?

- Yes.

Hanna, I think we're going to take

our tea down by the swimming pool.

Would that be good

for you, Mr. Kay?


- Well, lead on, won't you.

- Mm-hmm.

I love the great horror films,

and yours are the best.

The Old Dark House.

The Invisible Man.

They have style,

and they're funny!

So, Mr. Kay,

what do you want to know?


Just start

at the beginning.

Well, I was born

just outside London,

the only son of a minister

who was also a schoolmaster.

Grandpapa was a bishop,

Church of...

Stop lagging behind, Jimmy.

We'll be late for church.

Come on!

Stop lallygagging!

Straighten up, son.

They'll think you're a Nancy boy.

Mr. Whale?

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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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