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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 11 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Cuts Deep See more (361 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)

Tony Clarkin ... Thug from Pub (uncredited)
Dave Cooper ... Man in crowd (uncredited)
Christopher De Vore ... Lyra Box Player #2 (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Policeman (uncredited)
Norman Gay ... Doctor (uncredited)

David Lynch ... Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (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)
Michael Sale .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
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)
Tim Ross .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Patrick Moore .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Graham Ford .... location manager
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
John Morris .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Brian Hathaway .... transportation
Gerry Turner .... transportation
 
Other crew
Randy Auerbach .... researcher
Ceri Evans .... continuity
Loretta Ordewer .... production secretary
John Trehy .... production accountant
Ellen Adolph .... manager of production accounting (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The writers based this film on the memoirs of Dr. Frederick Treves as well as other true accounts, but avoided the play by Bernard Pomerance. The true name of the Elephant Man was not John Merrick as most believe, but Joseph Carey Merrick. Merrick was born in Leicester, England on August 5, 1862, and died in the Royal London Hospital on April 11, 1890, at the age of 27. When Dr. Treves wrote his memoir, he referred to him as John. His handwritten manuscript reveals that Treves knew that Merrick's name was Joseph, and deliberately crossed out Joseph and replaced it with John. Merrick's surviving correspondence shows he signed his name as Joseph, and contemporary newspaper articles about his case refer to him by his correct name. Why Treves changed his name to John is unknown, but this movie is partly responsible for that continuing misconception.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In nearly every scene, John Hurt's make-up changes in some way.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:
Referenced in "Soap: Episode #4.8" (1981)See more »
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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133 out of 142 people found the following review useful.
Cuts Deep, 21 July 2001
Author: Cheetah-6 from Maui

There have been many films made dealing with an individual who's outer appearance is completely at odds with their inner character. Some of these films are quite good but this is by far and away the very best. This is probably one of the most perfect films ever made. It succeeds on every level. Visually it transports one into a dark, grey, industrial nightmare of a world. It's within this world that we come to discover true beauty. It lies within one hideously deformed, abused and unfortunate soul who is being kicked around in this hellish existence. The screenplay, acting, direction all come together to create this extraordinary viewing experience. You really feel like you get inside this man and his tortured existence. The ending is one of the most effective and completely engrossing I've ever seen. Rarely does a film find a way to leave us with such a sense of closure and lingering fascination. The thing that really makes this film truly great is it changes the way people see themselves, other people and the world. I can still remember the palpable air of silence and awe over the audience when leaving the theater both times I saw it on the big screen. There's a transforming quality about it. You only need to read the many other user comments to see how people were moved and changed by this film. If you haven't seen it, it's a must!

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