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A tribute to the spirit and humanity of people who are physically different from the average: very tall and very large men and women, a bearded woman and her long-time husband, Siamese ... See full summary »

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Sandra Elaine Allen ...
Tallest woman in the world
Jo-Ann Cantilla
Louise Capps
Paul Fishe ...
Himself - 729 lb man
Ronnie Galyon
Donnie Galyon
Bob Melvin ...
The Man with Two Faces
Dolly Reagan ...
Herself - The Human Doll
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Emmett Bejano ...
Himself
Percilla Bejano ...
Herself
Johann Petursson ...
The world's tallest man
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A tribute to the spirit and humanity of people who are physically different from the average: very tall and very large men and women, a bearded woman and her long-time husband, Siamese twins joined at the midsection, and several little people including actor Billy Barty. We meet some at Gibsonton, Florida, where carnival folk winter. They talk about their lives and accomplishments. The camera also goes on the road to visit a grandfather with a distinctive face, a legless mechanic from Kentucky on a second honeymoon in LA, a marathon runner and motivational speaker who has no feet, a karate student with partial limbs, and an armless, down-to-earth mom in Texas. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The true story of a modern-day Elephant Man ... and other human oddities.

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Curiosity piece for eccentrics
14 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Freak watchers take note, as exploitation-like as this may seem, it does have its sensitivity as well.

We head to Florida where a local carnival still uses sideshows to thrill the locals yokels. Siamese twins, midgets, (sorry, "little people") fat folks, rubber men, and an elephant man. That's him on the cover of the box.

It looks like half his face had been inflated with a bike pump. I don't mean to be rude, but that's what it resembled.

It shows how normal these folks are. They have the same set of hassles as the rest of us. With added stigma.

Christopher Plummer does a decent job of narration. And despite the claims, this will only sicken those with Nazi tendencies.

Yeah, it's worth it. See these people. I mean SEE these people.


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