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The Elephant Man (1980)

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Starring (View all)
Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins
Dr. Frederick Treves
John Hurt John Hurt
John Merrick
Anne Bancroft Anne Bancroft
Mrs. Kendal
John Gielgud John Gielgud
Carr Gomm
Wendy Hiller Wendy Hiller
Mothershead
Michael Elphick Michael Elphick
Night Porter
Hannah Gordon Hannah Gordon
Mrs. Treves


Written by (View all)
Christopher De Vore Christopher De Vore
(screenplay)
Eric Bergren Eric Bergren
(screenplay)


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''My life is full, I know I'm loved."

11 years, 11 months ago at Nov 17 23:23
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''I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!'' A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.Anthony Hopkins: Frederick Treves''My life is full because I know I am loved.'' If one was to turn on David Lynch's ... read more

It will leave you speechless...

13 years, 6 months ago at Apr 21 11:35
1 vote
"I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!"

Based on a true story, The Elephant Man is a drama that unconditionally blew me away.

The film is a dramatisation of the life of Englishman Joseph Merrick (Hurt), known as John in the film, who was born with a grotesque physical deformity. Due to the nature and severity of the man's malformat... read more

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6 years, 9 months ago at Jan 23 17:51
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Probably never has been a better movie to illustrate man's inhumanity to man. John Hurt never ceases to amaze me.
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Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.
Release date: 10 October 1980
UPC: 097360134742
Tags: Drama (47), Biography (29), 1980s (27), 1980 (21), Black And White (14), Based On A True Story (13), Illness (12), Prejudice (12), Disfigurement (11), UK (10), True Story (10), Doctor (10), Dignity (9), Black & White (8), Hospital (7), Usa (6), Surgery (6), Biopic (6), Actress (6), Expressionist (6)
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" Directed by: David Lynch Produced by: Stuart Cornfield, Jonathan Sanger, and Mel Brooks Written by: Christopher De Vore, David Lynch, and Eric Bergen Based on the books, “The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences” by: Sir Frederick Travers and “The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity" by: Ashley Montagu Cinematography: Freddie Francis Edited by: Anne V. Coates Music by: John Morris Distributed by: Paramount Pictures and Columbia EMI Warner Distributors"


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"Out of all the projects in David Lynch’s filmography, "The Elephant Man" is probably his most commercially accessible and watchable. This movie tells about London surgeon Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) and his account with John Merrick (John Hurt), a man who’s paraded in a freak show by Mr Bytes (Freddie Jones) and feared by society because of his physical deformity. So, he takes him to the hospital, where he finds that Mr. Merrick is more intelligent than the doctor gave credit. How"


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The Elephant Man

“David Lynch’s second film, The Elephant Man, appears on the surface as one of his more outré works. Nary a twisty narrative that takes multiple viewings to possibly discern, The Elephant Man was nearly like Lynch going all prestige on everybody… on the surface. Peak deep enough beneath the surface and you’ll find scenes of hallucinatory beauty and a more emotive structure.   There’s plenty of facts in The Elephant Man, but there’s just as much fiction to elicit a response in the viewer as we traverse from unease at John Merrick’s disfigurement towards seeing into his soul and finding the beauty there. That combination, or combative tension to be more precise, between horror and beauty is a Lynchian trademark. Think of Blue Velvet’s pastoral suburbia giving way to the rot ” read more

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