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The Elephant Man

Rating:PG
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 1980
Running time:125 minutes
Cast:Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller
Director:David Lynch
Producer:Mel Brooks, Stuart Cornfeld
Writer:Eric Berren, Christopher De Vore

Description: John Hurt stars as John Merrick, the hideously deformed 19th century Londoner known as The Elephant Man. Treated as a sideshow freak, Merrick is assumed to be retarded as well as misshapen because of his inability to speak coherently. In fact, he is highly intelligent and sensitive, a fact made public when one Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues Merrick from a carnival and brings him to a hospital for analysis. Alas, even after being recognized as a man of advanced intellect, Merrick is still treated like a freak; no matter his station in life, he will forever be a prisoner of his own malformed body. Unable to secure rights for the famous stage play The Elephant Man, producer Mel Brooks based his film on the memoirs of Frederick Treves and a much later account of Merrick's life by Ashley Montagu. The film is lensed in black and white by British master cinematographer Freddie Francis. Though nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film was ultimately shut out in every category.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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