09 20 Oct '24
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David Lynch

The Elephant Man

124' - 1980 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: French, English
Director: David Lynch Composer: John Morris With: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft
Hewing closely to the facts of its bizarre true story, this extraordinarily moving Mel Brooks-produced film features an Academy Award-nominated performance by John Hurt as John Merrick, the victim of a disease that has left him so grotesquely deformed that he's spent most of his life as a carnival show freak. In time, Hurt comes under the care of Dr. Treves (brilliantly played by Anthony Hopkins), who ensconces the "Elephant Man" in a hospital, where he studies him, helps him to overcome a seemingly insurmountable speech impediment, and, for a time anyway, gives back to him his human dignity.

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David Lynch


John Morris


Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft


David Lynch, Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren

Director of Photography

Freddie Francis


Anne V. Coates


Jonathan Sanger

More information


French, English

Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences" (Sir Frederick Treves)



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