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Sex & Nudity

  • Suggested MPAA rating: PG for thematic material, some disturbing images, and brief language
  • None, except for a drunken man kissing a woman.There are one or two scenes that show John Merrick without cloths, albeit in silhouette.

Violence & Gore

  • Scenes of emotional, mental and some physical abuse. John Merrick is kicked and beaten with rods. He is also tormented by strangers and when he is exhibited at a freak show. There are also scenes of Dr Frederick Treves performing surgery; since the film is in black and white, the blood isn't as noticeable.


  • Few words like d*** and bas****

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Scenes of drinking and a scene with a drunken mob.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • BBFC - (PG): Mild horror and violence.
  • The main character has a deformed appearance that many could find disturbing.
  • There is one scene where John Merrick gets harrassed by a mob; they force alcohol into him and treat him like a toy.
  • In a traumatic dream scene, Merrick is kicked with a drowning noise in the background.
  • There is a scene where Merrick gets locked up in a cage with some screaming monkeys.
  • During the final minutes there is an intense scene at the train station where an angry mob chases Merrick.

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