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The Elephant Man (1980) Movie Information

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David Lynch


Anthony Hopkins
John Hurt
Anne Bancroft
John Gielgud
Wendy Hiller
John Standing





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A freak show person is discovered and then taken care of by a surgeon who discovers a personality and very sensitive man.

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" I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! - (John Merrick).

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mitchellyoung 12/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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David Lynch leaves the abstract at the door to tell a straightforward and heartfelt tale of one man's attempts at triumphing over his disability. John Hurt gives an amazing and emotional performance under pounds of makeup and the film's black and white cinematography is a rich choice for such a compelling story.

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A timeless classic that has everything going for it - fantastic acting; a sad, compelling story; and great cinematography. A must watch.

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GGauthier 08/10/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I don't like Lynch. But I love so much when he leaves the surrealism to the masters (Buñuel) and makes easy movies that turned to be timeless. Technically fantastic and one of the best adaptions ever from book. The acting is top notch. Strong manifiesto against racism.

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05/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One the most accessible, realistic and dramatic masterpieces from the director. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) helps the mistreated John Merrick (John Hurt), in which he is labeled “The Elephant Man” because of his disoriented figure. It was peculiar how those who made fun of John in his room never got noticed even with the noise and number of people inside the hospital room. No real condition was delved into regarding John’s deformity and the snail pace keeps the plot from moving. Aside from the minor defects which go unnoticeable due to the magnificent performances, enigmatic storyline and skilled direction. The score was elegant and performances were fantastic that you would empathize Merrick's unfortunate treatment.

Screenplay was filled with quotable lines: John - “My l...

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"The Elephant Man" by Yojimbo

The Elephant Man tells the true life story of John Merrick, a man dreadfully deformed from birth who was saved from a freak show by a kindly doctor to become the toast of Victorian society. The kind of visual gimmickry you'd expect from David Lynch is glaringly absent from this beautiful biopic, he instead tells the story through atmosphere and sensitive character study. It truly is an acting masterclass, with remarkable performances from some of the best British actors ever to tread the boards but it is John Hurt's deeply moving portrayal of the man himself that rightfully takes centre stage. It shows both the heights of kindness and depths of cruelty the human animal is capable of, and instills real emotion and empathy from the viewer without the kind of cynical manipulation and button ...

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