THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Starsìììì

The Elephant Man—a winner from its opening scene to its casting credits—bases its true story on the life of Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed male, living in 19th century Britain. The movie easily becomes a WOW! Bravo! entertainment piece due to Actors John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins as well as the outstanding directing efforts of David Lynch.

Storyline

A British surgeon becomes personally involved with a deformed man who earns his livelihood as a freak show exhibit.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director David Lynch for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Stuart Cornfield and Mel Brooks for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), John [Joseph] Merrick (John Hurt), Mrs. Kendal (Anne Bancroft), Carr Gomm (John Gielgud), Mothershead (Wendy Hiller), Bytes (Freddie Jones), Night Porter (Michael Elphick), Mrs. Treves(Hannah Gordon), Princess Alex (Helen Ryan), Fox (John Standing), Bytes’ Boy (Dexter Fletcher), Nora (Lesley Dunlop), Merrick’s Mother (Phoebe Nicholls), Fairground Bobby (Pat Gorman), Fat Lady (Claire Davenport), and Skeleton Man (Orla Pederson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s an interesting study of a life turnaround when any kind of change would seem impossible.

Ben Meyers

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