The Bride (1985)

PG-13 | 119 mins | Mystery | 16 August 1985

Director:

Franc Roddam

Writer:

Lloyd Fonvielle

Producer:

Victor Drai

Cinematographer:

Stephen H. Burum

Editor:

Michael Ellis

Production Designer:

Michael Seymour

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures
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HISTORY

End Credits include the following: “Made at Lee International Studios, Shepperton, England; and on location in France by Colgems Productions Limited, 19 Wells Street, London W1P 3FP, England.”
       At the end of the film, an image of Rinaldo appears on screen and in a voiceover he says, “Remember: follow your heart and you’ll be fine. Follow your dream. It’s the key to everything.” His face dissolves into a shot of Eva and Viktor on a ship, sailing in Venice.
       A news item from the 15 Feb 1984 Var reported that The Bride would begin shooting on 14 May 1984 in Germany and the U.K., but a later article in the 21 May 1984 Var noted that filming was postponed until 6 Jun 1984 and locations were moved to France and the U.K.
       The film had a budget of $9 million, but according to the 20 Oct 1984 Screen International, director Franc Roddam convinced Columbia Pictures executives to increase funding to $13 million, to create a more elaborate set design. Roddam brought along a demonstration model and one of the film’s stars, Sting, to clinch the deal.
       Production was halted for two weeks in France when actor Clancy Brown developed an allergy from his monster makeup, which required four-hour applications, according to an 11 Jul 1984 Var news item.
       On 3 Oct 1984 at Shepperton Studios, a lamp started a fire that destroyed the circus tent used in the film’s final scene. The article explained that over 400 people on set escaped unharmed, despite a tense moment when they realized that one of the film’s ... More Less

End Credits include the following: “Made at Lee International Studios, Shepperton, England; and on location in France by Colgems Productions Limited, 19 Wells Street, London W1P 3FP, England.”
       At the end of the film, an image of Rinaldo appears on screen and in a voiceover he says, “Remember: follow your heart and you’ll be fine. Follow your dream. It’s the key to everything.” His face dissolves into a shot of Eva and Viktor on a ship, sailing in Venice.
       A news item from the 15 Feb 1984 Var reported that The Bride would begin shooting on 14 May 1984 in Germany and the U.K., but a later article in the 21 May 1984 Var noted that filming was postponed until 6 Jun 1984 and locations were moved to France and the U.K.
       The film had a budget of $9 million, but according to the 20 Oct 1984 Screen International, director Franc Roddam convinced Columbia Pictures executives to increase funding to $13 million, to create a more elaborate set design. Roddam brought along a demonstration model and one of the film’s stars, Sting, to clinch the deal.
       Production was halted for two weeks in France when actor Clancy Brown developed an allergy from his monster makeup, which required four-hour applications, according to an 11 Jul 1984 Var news item.
       On 3 Oct 1984 at Shepperton Studios, a lamp started a fire that destroyed the circus tent used in the film’s final scene. The article explained that over 400 people on set escaped unharmed, despite a tense moment when they realized that one of the film’s stars, David Rappaport, was trapped on the high wire during the evacuation. The film’s wireman tripped and hit his head as he raced to get Rappaport down, but both men escaped.
Screen International stated that Roddam anticipated no delay in the opening date of 22 Jun 1985, despite having to wait five weeks for a new circus tent. A 21 Nov 1984 Var news item confirmed that the Jun 1985 release date would not be postponed, as the reshot scenes would be added in during editing. However, The Bride did not open until 16 Aug 1985.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 1985
p. 3, 22.
Los Angeles Times
16 Aug 1985
p. 18.
New York Times
16 Aug 1985
p. 5.
Screen International
20 Oct 1984.
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Variety
15 Feb 1984.
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Variety
21 May 1984.
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Variety
11 Jul 1984.
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Variety
21 Nov 1984.
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Variety
14 Aug 1985
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Columbia Pictures Presents
A Victor Drai Production
A Franc Roddam Film
From Columbia--Delphi III Productions
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Asst dir, France
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Co-prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
2d cam op
Cam asst
Cam loader
Key grip
Key grip
Gaffer
Best boy
Stills photog
Hot head remote system
Grip equip
Lighting contractors
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Supv art dir
Art dir, France
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Laboratory des
Set dec
Prop master
Const mgr
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Ward mistress
Ward asst
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus ed
Mus mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd asst
Sd ed
Footsteps/Dial ed
Dubbing mixer
Asst sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff tech
Wire specialist
Prod process by
Titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Head of makeup
Hair consultant
Hairdresser
Asst hairdresser
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Prosthetics creator
Prosthetics creator
Wig suppliers
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Addl casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
London contact
Prod secy, France
Asst to Mr. Roddam
Asst to the prod
Loc mgr
Prod accountant
Accountant, France
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Extras casting, France
Asst casting, U.K.
Pub
Facilities
Freight agents
Travel agents
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Rinaldo's double
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Frankenstein
or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (London, 1818).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 August 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 16 August 1985
Production Date:
6 June--December 1984 in England and France
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 September 1985
Copyright Number:
PA262376
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo® in selected theaters
Color
Duration(in mins):
119
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27647
SYNOPSIS

Working in his castle laboratory, Doctor “Charles” Frankenstein hoists a female subject toward an opening in the ceiling, attached to equipment that charges her with electricity. When she awakens, Frankenstein’s monster asks if she is to be his bride and the doctor agrees, before instantly changing his mind. The angry monster lashes out at Frankenstein, destroys the laboratory, and flees. Later, in a village, the monster meets a dwarf named Rinaldo, who invites the creature to join him on his way to a circus in Budapest, Hungary. Elsewhere, Doctor Frankenstein explains to his friend, Clerval, that his female “patient” may be incurable. He says she was discovered in the woods, suffering from amnesia after being struck by lightning. However, she has the mind of a child, so he can mold her into the “perfect” woman. Frankenstein christens her “Eva,” after Eve in the Bible. At the castle, Eva struggles to regain her speech. Meanwhile, Frankenstein’s monster and Rinaldo continue their journey, stealing from a church, and drinking at a pub. As they become friends, the monster shares his desire for Eva, and Rinaldo brands the nameless monster “Viktor,” explaining that it means, “he will win.” Showing Viktor a medallion around his neck, Rinaldo shares his dream of going to Venice, Italy. When they arrive in Budapest, Rinaldo secures circus jobs for Viktor and himself. Back at the castle, Eva’s health improves and Frankenstein continues her education. He dresses her in finery and presents her at a high society gathering. She impresses the attendees and catches the eye of a man named Josef, but when ... +


Working in his castle laboratory, Doctor “Charles” Frankenstein hoists a female subject toward an opening in the ceiling, attached to equipment that charges her with electricity. When she awakens, Frankenstein’s monster asks if she is to be his bride and the doctor agrees, before instantly changing his mind. The angry monster lashes out at Frankenstein, destroys the laboratory, and flees. Later, in a village, the monster meets a dwarf named Rinaldo, who invites the creature to join him on his way to a circus in Budapest, Hungary. Elsewhere, Doctor Frankenstein explains to his friend, Clerval, that his female “patient” may be incurable. He says she was discovered in the woods, suffering from amnesia after being struck by lightning. However, she has the mind of a child, so he can mold her into the “perfect” woman. Frankenstein christens her “Eva,” after Eve in the Bible. At the castle, Eva struggles to regain her speech. Meanwhile, Frankenstein’s monster and Rinaldo continue their journey, stealing from a church, and drinking at a pub. As they become friends, the monster shares his desire for Eva, and Rinaldo brands the nameless monster “Viktor,” explaining that it means, “he will win.” Showing Viktor a medallion around his neck, Rinaldo shares his dream of going to Venice, Italy. When they arrive in Budapest, Rinaldo secures circus jobs for Viktor and himself. Back at the castle, Eva’s health improves and Frankenstein continues her education. He dresses her in finery and presents her at a high society gathering. She impresses the attendees and catches the eye of a man named Josef, but when Eva sees a cat, she howls at the feline, and Doctor Frankenstein realizes she still has much to learn. Sometime later, Eva becomes suspicious over Frankenstein’s story because no one from her past life has come looking for her. Meanwhile, at the circus, Rinaldo performs as a trapeze artist. When he makes enemies with other performers, a man named Bela cuts his safety rope. Later, during a performance, the rope gives way and Rinaldo crashes to the ground. As he dies, Rinaldo gives Viktor his gold medallion that has the word “Venice” engraved on it. He tells Viktor to leave the circus and follow his heart. Learning that Bela is the murderer, Viktor kills the circus performer in revenge. Later, Eva comes upon Viktor sleeping in the woods. Taking pity on the monster, she offers him a gold coin and Viktor, hiding his true identity, gives her Rinaldo’s medallion. When Eva returns to the castle, Doctor Frankenstein sees the medallion and becomes jealous. In time, Eva and Doctor Frankenstein attend a masked ball. There, Eva sneaks away and kisses Josef as Frankenstein watches. Elsewhere, circus performers see Viktor in a village and chase after him as revenge for murdering Bela. He is caught and shackled in a prison. Later, Eva escapes the watchful eye of Frankenstein to meet Josef, but as they kiss, Frankenstein appears and strikes Josef, threatening his life. When Josef insists that Eva means nothing to him, she leaves, hurt. Back at the castle, Eva argues with Doctor Frankenstein, accusing him of fabricating the story of finding her in the woods with amnesia. He admits that he did, in fact, create her by sewing corpses together, and claims her as his bride. When Frankenstein shows Eva journals detailing that she was originally created as a mate for Viktor, she screams in terror. Frankenstein then falsely reports that Viktor is dead. They argue and Eva locks herself in her room. Sensing Eva’s fear, Viktor breaks free of his prison chains and races to her rescue. Eva looks at Viktor’s medallion and understands he is her intended groom. Doctor Frankenstein breaks through her door and assaults Eva as Viktor arrives. A fight ensues and Eva faints. While battling on the rooftop, Frankenstein falls to his death. Viktor returns to Eva’s side, and she awakens to his touch. She asks if he is aware that Frankenstein created him, and Viktor tells her that Frankenstein is dead. Eva expresses her desire to share the future with Viktor. +

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