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Gods and Monsters (1998) | Details

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Plot Summary

1957. Long having retired, James Whale, arguably most famous for directing Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) among some other 1930s horror classics, has burned his bridges with the Hollywood community in that they have abandoned him, the possible exception being his continuing friendship with former lover David Lewis. James had been openly gay even during his working period and is in declining health. Having been recently released from a hospital where he was recuperating from a stroke, he left with some permanent health issues, the aftermath of the stroke. Much against the disapproval of his loyal longtime housekeeper Hanna, his health does not prevent him from toying with the handsome young men who may wander into his midst in his continuing homosexual desires, although Hanna is as much, if not more concerned about any of those young men taking advantage of him in his elderly and fragile state. The young man who catches his eye among the most recent is Clayton Boone, who Hanna had hired to do garden work around the property. Clay, an ex-marine from the proverbial "wrong side of the tracks", has no idea who James was or is before he starts this job. James and Clay soon begin a friendship of sorts. Clay is also unaware of James' homosexual orientation before such is confirmed by Hanna, an issue which threatens his masculinity, especially in light of the cracks showing in his casual sexual relationship with a slightly older and wiser diner waitress named Betty. Clay has to reconcile that threat against being in the company of someone whom he considers an interesting and once famous man. The friendship and his state of health related to the stroke lead James to reflect in a bittersweet vein on key points of his life, most notably serving in WWI, and as a result reveals his ulterior motives through the actions he takes toward Clay.

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Release Date

USA

1998-01-21

(sundance film festival)

France

1998-09-11

(deauville film festival)

Germany

1998-09-12

(oldenburg international film festival)

Spain

1998-09-21

(san sebastián film festival)

USA

1998-09-26

(new york film festival)

Canada

1998-09-27

(cinefest sudbury international film festival)

USA

1998-10-03

(tampa international gay and lesbian film festival)

USA

1998-10-05

(austin film festival)

USA

1998-10-09

(chicago international film festival)

USA

1998-11-04

No data

Argentina

1999-02-25

No data

Belgium

1999-03-10

No data

Greece

1999-03-11

No data

Netherlands

1999-03-11

No data

Brazil

1999-03-12

No data

Italy

1999-03-12

No data

Uruguay

1999-03-12

No data

Spain

1999-03-19

No data

UK

1999-03-26

No data

New Zealand

1999-05-01

No data

France

1999-05-02

(tv premiere)

Australia

1999-06-24

No data

Czech Republic

1999-07-04

(karlovy vary international film festival)

Finland

1999-09-17

(helsinki international film festival)

Portugal

1999-11-05

No data

Iceland

1999-12-21

(video premiere)

Denmark

2000-01-21

No data

Sweden

2000-01-21

No data

Switzerland

2000-05-03

(german speaking region)

Italy

2000-06-06

(venice gay and lesbian film festival)

Switzerland

2000-09-20

(french speaking region)

Japan

2000-12-23

(tokyo)

Germany

2001-02-06

(dvd premiere)

Russia

2001-10-26

(dvd premiere)

South Korea

2001-12-01

No data

France

2013-03-31

(lyon festival hallucinations collectives)

France

2013-10-03

(absurde seance)

Taiwan

2021-04-11

(golden horse fantastic film festival)

Also Known As (A.K.A.)

Gods and Monsters

(Original title)

Dioses y monstruos

Argentina

Gods and Monsters

Australia

Deuses e Monstros

Brazil

Богове и чудовища

Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)

Gods and Monsters

Canada (English title)

Ni dieux ni démons

Canada (French title)

Frankensteinin isä

Finland

Ni dieux ni démons

France

Gods and Monsters

Germany

Theoi kai daimones

Greece (transliterated title)

Theoi kai terata

Greece (tv title)

Érzelmek tengerében

Hungary

Elim Oo'Miflatzot

Israel (Hebrew title)

Demoni e dei

Italy

ゴッド・アンド・モンスター

Japan (Japanese title)

Dievai ir monstrai

Lithuania

Dioses y monstruos

Mexico

Bogowie i potwory

Poland

Deuses e Monstros

Portugal

Боги и монстры

Russia

Богови и чудовишта

Serbia

Dioses y monstruos

Spain

Gods and Monsters

Sweden

眾神與野獸

Taiwan

Gods and Monsters

UK

Gods and Monsters

USA

The Father of Frankenstein

USA (working title)

Боги та монстри

Ukraine

Dioses y monstruos

Uruguay (original subtitled version)

Dioses y monstruos

Venezuela

Certification

Argentina

16

No data

Australia

M

No data

Brazil

14

(video rating)

Canada

13+

(quebec)

Canada

14A

(alberta)

Canada

18

(nova scotia)

Canada

AA

(ontario)

Canada

PA

(manitoba)

Canada

PG

(british columbia)

Switzerland

14

(canton of geneva)

Germany

12

No data

Spain

13

No data

UK

15

No data

Iceland

12

No data

Italy

T

No data

South Korea

18

No data

Netherlands

6

No data

Norway

11

No data

New Zealand

M

No data

Peru

14

No data

Philippines

PG-13

No data

Portugal

M/16

No data

Sweden

11

No data

Singapore

R(A)

No data

Taiwan

PG-12

No data

USA

R

(certificate #36801)

Sensitive content guide

Sex & Nudity

Mild

Violence & Gore

Moderate

Profanity

Moderate

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Mild

Frightening & Intense Scenes

Mild

Awards

Academy Awards, USA (1999)
Winner
Oscar   1999
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Golden Globes, USA (1999)
Nominated
Golden Globe   1999
Best Motion Picture - Drama