I Am Not a Freak (1987)

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Robert's Daughter
Sam Early ...
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Evelyn Early ...
Sam's Mother (adoptive)
Peter Risch ...
Himself
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Chang ...
Himself (archive footage)
Lisa Anicker ...
Loyce's Duaghter
Mal Fobi ...
Loyce's Doctor (as Dr. Mal Fobi M.D.)
Virginia Callahan ...
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Mickey Hays
Bob Melvin ...
Himself (as Robert Melvin)
Prince Randian ...
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10 August 2008 | by (Michigan, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This film is a fascinating look at some people afflicted with congenital deformities of an extreme nature. Their ability to live with their aberrations while remaining socially involved and upbeat is truly inspirational. While their predecessors were often seen in so called "freak shows" that were part of various exhibitions from Coney Island to traveling circuses, these performers were actually the more fortunate ones in an era of little tolerance for those who were different from the accepted norm. Many became famous and extremely wealthy, such as Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton), who worked for many years with P.T. Barnum. Outstanding film; highly recommended.


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