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The Elephant Man


Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud View All


David Lynch (Director), David Lynch (Screenplay), Eric Bergren (Screenplay), Christopher De Vore (Screenplay) View All

Release: Oct. 2nd, 1980
Runtime: 2 hours, 4 minutes
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.
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It gets by on the considerable strength of its performers, especially Hopkins and Hurt; Hopkins may play an appropriately conflicted character who worries about whether he is helping or exploiting Hurt, all the while lending gravitas to his role as a learned man whose natural sympathies cause him to side with Hurt.
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This is a movie and movies are art, and as such uses the craft of the film maker to capture the essences of the man they called an Elephant Man.