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Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)





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Surprisingly good adaptation of the Isherwood screenplay, though not sticking exactly with the original novel, this is an incredible spectacle, with good special effects. Not done in the classic manner, this has been dubbed more of an intellectual's horror movie. The creature is by no means the patchwork quilt beastie we are used to seeing when thinking of Frankenstein. Instead, he is a very handsome Victorian-era man whose physical decomposition brings about an agony of spirit as well as physical adjustments. Michael Sarrazin's monster is brilliant and sympathetic.

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Tom Baker
as Sea Captain
Leonard Whiting
as Dr. Victor Frankenstein
James Mason
as Dr. Polidori
John Gielgud
as Chief Constable (Police)
Michael Sarrazin
as The Creature
Margaret Leighton
as Lady Fanshawe
David McCallum
as Dr. Henry Clerval
Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs Blair
Nicola Pagett
as Elizabeth
Jane Seymour
as Agatha/Prima
Michael Wilding
as Sir Richard Fanshawe
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Critic Reviews for Frankenstein: The True Story

All Critics (2)

The script is swift and engrossing and rich with mordant wit.

December 31, 2019 | Full Review…

A mess.

February 7, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Frankenstein: The True Story

Keeping in mind that this is a 1973 'Universal Television' version of the story, this was an exceptional (and more realistic) telling of it. If you are able to look past the chessy special effects and (mostly) bad make-up, what you get is a very cerebral (no pun intended) and complex look at a story that is usually told in a very superficial and shallow manner. I was pleasantly surprised.

Robert C
Robert C

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Lovely retelling of how it came about....I think I quoted parts of this in my A level exam.....good movie.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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