The Elephant Man (1980)

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Released 8-Aug-2001
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The Elephant Man is as bizarre a story as anything Charles Dickens ever imagined. What is more, it's true. John Merrick (JOHN HURT) was the worst 'freak' case known to Victorian medicine. A hideous disease had distorted his face and body from birth into a physical parody of a pachyderm, and he remained a prize 'specimen' in a travelling sideshow until a young surgeon called Treves (ANTHONY HOPKINS) salvaged him from the circus tent and coaxed out of the swollen husk a strangely sweet and unembitted personality.
A finely attuned cast support Hopkins and Hurt: JOHN GIELGUD, ANNE BANCROFT and WENDY HILLER among them. And photographer Freddie Francis' black and white camera work, distancing us from the Technicolor present, registers a Victorian era of industrial pollution and human exploitation in which a case like Merrick's seems almost a mutation caused by the sacrilegious elements that turned men into machines and set machines against men. It is, in every sense of the word, a luminous film.
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Anthony Hopkins
John Hurt
Anne Bancroft
John Gielgud
Wendy Hiller
Directed by
David Lynch
John Morris
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
Drama 1980 118:21 (Case: 123) 576i (PAL) 4
Widescreen 2.30:1, 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (224Kb/s)
Main Menu Audio, Theatrical Trailer, Gallery-Photo, Biographies-Cast & Crew
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