The Bride (1985 film)
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The Bride is a 1985 British-American horror film directed by Franc Roddam and written by Lloyd Fonvielle, based on Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. The film stars Sting as Baron Charles Frankenstein and Jennifer Beals as Eva, a woman he creates in the same fashion as his infamous monster.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Franc Roddam|
|Written by||Lloyd Fonvielle|
by Mary Shelley
|Music by||Maurice Jarre|
|Cinematography||Stephen H. Burum|
|Edited by||Michael Ellis|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$3.6 million|
The film, an international co-production between the United Kingdom and the United States, was released theatrically on August 16, 1985 by Columbia Pictures to generally negative reviews from critics. It was a commercial failure, grossing only $3.6 million.
Charles, Baron Frankenstein (Sting), his monster (Clancy Brown), Dr. Zalhus (Quentin Crisp), and Frankenstein's assistant, Paulus (Timothy Spall), attempt to create a female mate, Eva (Jennifer Beals), for the monster. They succeed, but the Baron loses his life in the subsequent events.
- Sting as Baron Charles Frankenstein
- Jennifer Beals as Eva
- Clancy Brown as Viktor, the Monster
- Geraldine Page as Mrs. Baumann
- David Rappaport as Rinaldo the Dwarf
- Anthony Higgins as Clerval
- Alexei Sayle as Magar
- Veruschka von Lehndorff as Countess
- Quentin Crisp as Dr. Zalhus
- Cary Elwes as Captain Josef Schoden
- Phil Daniels as Bela
- Timothy Spall as Paulus
- Ken Campbell as Pedlar
- Guy Rolfe as Count
- Tony Haygarth as Tavern Keeper
Frankstein's full name in the film is Baron Charles Frankenstein, unlike Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein or the classic Universal Studios movie's Henry Frankenstein. The dwarf in the film is named Rinaldo, also the name of blacklisted Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein screenwriter Frederic I. Rinaldo, who also wrote the scripts for several Universal films, including Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951); Hold That Ghost (1941); The Black Cat (1941) and The Invisible Woman (1940).
Some scenes were shot amidst the statuary at the Gardens of Bomarzo in Lazio, Italy.
The film earned negative reviews from critics and holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 12 reviews. Jennifer Beals' performance in the film earned her a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress.
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