The Elephant Man Movie Review 1980

Information and Film Reviews for The Elephant Man the Movie

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A biography of John Merrick, a severely deformed man who, with the help of a sympathetic doctor, moved from freak shows into posh London society. Lynch's first mainstream film, shot in black and white, it presents a startlingly vivid picture of the hypocrisies evident in the social mores of the Victorian era. Moving performance from Hurt in title role.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 125 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Biopics: Science/Medical, Physical Problems, True Stories, Period Piece: 19th Century, Doctors & Nurses, Ethics & Morals, London, 4 Bones
Eric Bergren, Christopher DeVore, David Lynch
Michael Elphick, Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Kenny Baker
Freddie Francis
David Lynch
John Morris, Samuel Barber
Paramount Pictures, Jonathan Sanger


British Acad. 1980: Actor (Hurt), Film; Cesar 1982: Foreign Film.

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