Gods and Monsters (1998)

Director
Bill Condon

Main cast
Ian McKellen; Brendan Fraser; Lynn Redgrave; Lolita Davidovich; David Dukes

Genres
Drama

Description
It's 1957, and Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images from his past. When his dour housekeeper, Hannah, hires a handsome young gardener, the flamboyant director and simple yard man develop an unlikely friendship, which will change them forever.


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