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Frankenstein: the True Story

  • Drama
  • Horror
  • 1973
  • Jack Smight
  • 175 mins
  • 12

Summary

When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Kenneth Branagh's 1994 version of the classic horror tale made much of its fidelity to Mary Shelley's source novel, but this earlier version (originally made for US television) remains among the most faithful of the Frankenstein adaptations. The most striking aspect of the production is the sympathy with which the monster is portrayed by Michael Sarrazin, minus the once obligatory nuts and bolts, and his relationship with his creator (Leonard Whiting) has a tragic resonance. The film is intelligently scripted by Christopher Isherwood and boasts a distinguished cast of supporting players including John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and a pre-Doctor Who Tom Baker.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr PolidoriJames Mason
Dr Victor FrankensteinLeonard Whiting
Henry ClervalDavid McCallum (1)
Agatha / PrimaJane Seymour (2)
The creatureMichael Sarrazin
Elizabeth FanschaweNicola Pagett
Sir Richard FanschaweMichael Wilding
Lady FanschaweClarissa Kaye
Mrs BlairAgnes Moorehead
Françoise DuvalMargaret Leighton
Mr LaceyRalph Richardson
Chief ConstableJohn Gielgud
Sea captainTom Baker
FelixDallas Adams
Young manJulian Barnes
Passenger in coachArnold Diamond

Crew

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DirectorJack Smight

Details

Theatrical distributor
C.I.C. (UK)
Languages
English | Latin | French | Chinese
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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