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The Elephant Man ()


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A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of intelligence... See more »

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  • Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations.
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Frederick Treves
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John Merrick
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Mrs. Kendal
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Carr Gomm
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Mothershead
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Bytes
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Night Porter
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Mrs. Treves
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Princess Alex
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Fox
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Bytes' Boy
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Nora
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Merrick's Mother
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Fairground Bobby
Claire Davenport ...
Fat Lady
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Skeleton Man
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Distraught Woman
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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
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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
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Man In Pub (as Morgan Sheppard)
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Lady Waddington
Gerald Case ...
Lord Waddington
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Man With Whores
Deirdre Costello ...
1st Whore
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2nd Whore
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Plumed Dwarf
Chris Greener ...
Giant
Marcus Powell ...
Midget
Gilda Cohen ...
Midget
Lesley Scoble ...
Siamese Twin (as Lisa Scoble)
Teri Scoble ...
Siamese Twin
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Japanese Bleeder
Robert Day ...
Little Jim
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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
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Jack Armstrong ...
Man at Lecture (uncredited)
Eric Bergren ...
Lyra Box Player #1 (uncredited)
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Kid at Train Station (uncredited)
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Thug from Pub (uncredited)
Dave Cooper ...
Man in crowd (uncredited)
Christopher De Vore ...
Lyra Box Player #2 (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Chick Fowles ...
Man in Pub (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
George Holdcroft ...
Lecture Assistant (uncredited)
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Committee Member (uncredited)
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Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ...
Young aristocrat (uncredited)
Henry Roberts ...
Man at Lecture (uncredited)
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Drunken Docker (uncredited)
Kevin Schumm ...
Kid at Train Station #2 (uncredited)
Ian Selby ...
Courtier (uncredited)
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Committee Member (uncredited)
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Lecture Assistant (uncredited)
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Injured Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Lynch

Written by

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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

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Stuart Cornfeld ... executive producer
Jonathan Sanger ... producer
Mel Brooks ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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John Morris

Cinematography by

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Freddie Francis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Anne V. Coates

Editorial Department

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Patrick Moore ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Maggie Cartier

Production Design by

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Stuart Craig

Art Direction by

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Robert Cartwright ... (as Bob Cartwright)

Set Decoration by

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Hugh Scaife

Costume Design by

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Patricia Norris

Makeup Department

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Paula Gillespie ... hairdresser
Stephanie Kaye ... hairdresser
Beryl Lerman ... makeup artist
Michael Morris ... makeup artist
Wally Schneiderman ... makeup application: 'Elephant Man' / makeup supervisor
Christopher Tucker ... makeup creator: 'Elephant Man' / makeup designer: 'Elephant Man'

Production Management

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Terence A. Clegg ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gerry Gavigan ... second assistant director
Anthony Waye ... assistant director
Andy Armstrong ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Reg Richards ... construction manager
Terry Wells ... property master
John Roberts ... set designer (uncredited)
Adrian Start ... chargehand painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robin Gregory ... sound mixer
Peter Horrocks ... sound editor
John Iles ... engineer: Dolby
David Lynch ... sound designer
Alan Splet ... sound designer / special sound effects
Doug E. Turner ... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Michael Sale ... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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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

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Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)
David Smith ... optical cameraman: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Frank Connor ... still photographer
Jim Dawes ... dolly grip
Jerry Dunkley ... camera operator
Roy Larner ... gaffer
Alan Annand ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Wick Finch ... electrician (uncredited)
John Matthews ... best boy (uncredited)
Tim Ross ... focus puller (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tiny Nicholls ... wardrobe supervisor
Babs Gray ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Graham Ford ... location manager

Music Department

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Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
John Morris ... conductor

Transportation Department

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Brian Hathaway ... transportation
Gerry Turner ... transportation

Other crew

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Randy Auerbach ... researcher
Jack H. Degelia ... script supervisor
Ceri Evans ... continuity
Loretta Ordewer ... production secretary
John Trehy ... production accountant
Ellen Adolph ... manager of production accounting (uncredited)
John Chambers ... finance executive (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

John Merrick (whose real name was Joseph, as this is based on a true story) is an intelligent and friendly man, but he is hated by his Victorian-era English society because he is severely deformed. Once he is discovered by a doctor, however, he is saved from his life in a freak show and he is treated like the human being that he really is. Written by Sam Cibula

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Taglines I am not an animal! I am a human being! I...am...a man! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Elephant Man (Japan, English title)
  • Elephant Man (France)
  • Der Elefantenmensch (Germany)
  • L'home elefant (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El hombre elefante (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The Elephant Man make-up took seven to eight hours to apply each day, and two hours to remove. Sir John Hurt would arrive on the set at 5:00 a.m., and shoot from noon until 10:00 p.m. Because of the strain on the actor, he worked alternate days. See more »
Goofs In nearly every scene, John Hurt's make-up changes in some way. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 See more »
Crazy Credits Closing disclaimer: This has been based upon the true life story of John Merrick, known as The Elephant Man, and not upon the Broadway play of the same title or any other fictional account. See more »
Quotes John Merrick: I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!
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