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Director:
Writers:
Christopher De Vore (screenplay) &
Eric Bergren (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 October 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
I am not an animal! I am a human being! I...am...a man!
Plot:
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
In a word - excellent but also extremely sad... See more (333 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Hopkins ... Frederick Treves

John Hurt ... John Merrick

Anne Bancroft ... Mrs. Kendal

John Gielgud ... Carr Gomm

Wendy Hiller ... Mothershead

Freddie Jones ... Bytes

Michael Elphick ... Night Porter

Hannah Gordon ... Mrs. Treves
Helen Ryan ... Princess Alex

John Standing ... Fox

Dexter Fletcher ... Bytes' Boy

Lesley Dunlop ... Nora

Phoebe Nicholls ... Merrick's Mother
Pat Gorman ... Fairground Bobby
Claire Davenport ... Fat Lady
Orla Pederson ... Skeleton Man
Patsy Smart ... Distraught Woman
Frederick Treves ... Alderman
Stromboli ... Fire Eater
Richard Hunter ... Hodges
James Cormack ... Pierce
Robert Lewis Bush ... Messenger (as Robert Bush)
Roy Evans ... Cabman
Joan Rhodes ... Cook
Nula Conwell ... Nurse Kathleen
Tony London ... Young Porter
Alfie Curtis ... Milkman
Bernadette Milnes ... 1st Fighting Woman
Brenda Kempner ... 2nd Fighting Woman
Carol Harrison ... Tart (as Carole Harrison)
Hugh Manning ... Broadneck
Dennis Burgess ... 1st Committee Man
Fanny Carby ... Mrs. Kendal's Dresser

William Morgan Sheppard ... Man In Pub (as Morgan Sheppard)

Kathleen Byron ... Lady Waddington
Gerald Case ... Lord Waddington

David Ryall ... Man With Whores
Deirdre Costello ... 1st Whore

Pauline Quirke ... 2nd Whore

Kenny Baker ... Plumed Dwarf
Chris Greener ... Giant
Marcus Powell ... Midget
Gilda Cohen ... Midget
Lesley Scoble ... Siamese Twin (as Lisa Scoble)
Teri Scoble ... Siamese Twin
Eiji Kusuhara ... Japanese Bleeder
Robert Day ... Little Jim

Patricia Hodge ... Screaming Mum
Tommy Wright ... First Bobby
Peter Davidson ... Second Bobby
John Rapley ... King In Panto
Hugh Spight ... Puss In Panto
Teresa Codling ... Princess In Panto
Marion Betzold ... Principal Boy
Caroline Haigh ... Tree
Florenzio Morgado ... Tree
Victor Kravchenko ... Lion / Coachman
Beryl Hicks ... Fairy
Michele Amas ... Horse
Lucie Alford ... Horse
Penny Wright ... Horse
Janie Kells ... Horse
Lydia Lisle ... Merrick's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Bergren ... Lyra Box Player #1 (uncredited)

Adam Caine ... Kid at Train Station (uncredited)
Christopher De Vore ... Lyra Box Player #2 (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Policeman (uncredited)
Norman Gay ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Young aristocrat (uncredited)
Kevin Schumm ... Kid at Train Station #2 (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Injured Man (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lynch 
 
Writing credits
Christopher De Vore (screenplay) &
Eric Bergren (screenplay) &
David Lynch (screenplay)

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

Ashley Montagu (in part on the book "The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity")

Produced by
Stuart Cornfeld .... executive producer
Jonathan Sanger .... producer
Mel Brooks .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Francis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Maggie Cartier 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Cartwright  (as Bob Cartwright)
 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Scaife 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
 
Makeup Department
Paula Gillespie .... hairdresser
Stephanie Kaye .... hairdresser
Beryl Lerman .... makeup artist
Michael Morris .... makeup artist
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup application: 'Elephant Man'
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup supervisor
Christopher Tucker .... makeup creator: 'Elephant Man'
Christopher Tucker .... makeup designer: 'Elephant Man'
 
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry Gavigan .... second assistant director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director
Andy Armstrong .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Reg Richards .... construction manager
Terry Wells .... property master
John Roberts .... set designer (uncredited)
Adrian Start .... chargehand painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robin Gregory .... sound mixer
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
John Iles .... engineer: Dolby
David Lynch .... sound designer
Alan Splet .... sound designer
Alan Splet .... special sound effects
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects
Neil Corbould .... special effects (uncredited)
Paul Corbould .... special effects (uncredited)
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Jim Dawes .... dolly grip
Jerry Dunkley .... camera operator
Roy Larner .... gaffer
Wick Finch .... electrician (uncredited)
John Matthews .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Patrick Moore .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
John Morris .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Brian Hathaway .... transportation
Gerry Turner .... transportation
 
Other crew
Randy Auerbach .... researcher
Ceri Evans .... continuity
Graham Ford .... location manager
Loretta Ordewer .... production secretary
John Trehy .... production accountant
Ellen Adolph .... manager of production accounting (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Elephant Man" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The opening scene of Merrick's mother being attacked by an elephant is not factual; his deformities were the result of disease, and he was called "The Elephant Man" because of his lumpy skin. However, the idea of an elephant attack comes from the melodramatic speech originally delivered by Tom Norman to those who paid to see Merrick exhibited.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Carr Gomm first meets John Merrick, he walks close up to him. In the next shot he is way back from him, then close again.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Skeleton Man:Get rid of them! I don't want to see them!
Fat Lady:Darling, don't be difficult! Let's take our sweet lovely children on an outing.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Adagio For StringsSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Did everything happen to Merrick just like in the film?
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101 out of 127 people found the following review useful.
In a word - excellent but also extremely sad..., 5 December 1999
Author: ThePM from Dublin

Hi all,

I saw this movie for the 1st time on 5th December 1999. I was about to go to sleep as it was about 00-40 in the morning and I flicked over to the movie and even though I was falling asleep as I flicked over to it, within five minutes I was wide awake and totally captivated.

Everyone knows the tale of John Merrick, it is so sad and painful to watch and see a man with above average intelligence trapped by his physical deformity and to be physically and mentally abused and tortured for a few meagre pence.

I thought Sir John Gieulgud(?) and Sir Anthony Hopkins were both excellent in their respective roles. John Hurt did Merrick proud.

I had a bit more than water in my eye on 4 occasions during this movie and not ashamed to admit it either. This is the 1st movie to make me cry.

On the Kleenex scale - Titanic is 1 and this is 10!

A movie not to be missed but be prepared to be disgusted and upset by the story told.

ThePM

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