Overall Rank: 215
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 296
Theatrical Release Date: 10/03/1980
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: David Lynch
Actors: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, John Standing
Plot: 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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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 08/04/2019
David Lynch makes a surprisingly empathetic movie about an unloved soul that manages to overcome its Academy Award bait moments.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 11/11/2013
" I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! - (John Merrick).
mitchellyoung - wrote on 12/10/2011
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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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 05/19/2012
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 …
Yojimbo - wrote on 04/05/2012
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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