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The Elephant Man (1980)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 11, 2001
• R2: 14 May 2001

Budget $5,000,000

Running Time
2 hours, 4 minutes

Country UK, USA

Production Companies
Brooksfilms Ltd.

Studio Brooks Films, Paramount

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Other Titles
• The Elephant Man
• Der Elefantenmensch (1981)

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Genre: Drama, True Story, Period Piece, Doctor, Tear Jerker, Tragedy, Biography, Epic, Exploitation

Tagline: I am not an animal! I am a human being! man!

Plot: David Lynch brings his own dreamlike style to the heartbreaking yet somehow uplifting story of John Merrick (John Hurt), a hideously deformed individual dubbed the Elephant Man during his years in a circus freak show in Victorian England. After suffering for years at the hands of his circus "master," the eloquent, soft spoken Merrick is "rescued" by compassionate surgeon Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who allows him to live at the hospital where he works. Merrick becomes a social celebrity when he meets a popular stage performer (Anne Bancroft), but he must continue to fight for his dignity with those who still choose to view him as a freak. Meanwhile, Treves begins to question whether his supposed act of humanity has been just as exploitative as Merrick’s former caretaker's.

Lynch’s follow-up to his 1978 cult classic ERASERHEAD is a striking blend of art and entertainment, which earned the film eight Academy Award nominations in 1980. Freddie Francis's breathtaking black-and-white cinematography combines with John Morris’s score to re-create Victorian England with a deeply haunting beauty. It is the compassionate performances of Hurt and Hopkins that lift THE ELEPHANT MAN to a more emotional level, however, bringing an inspired sadness to Lynch’s striking vision.

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 Directed by
David Lynch
Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway, Blue Velvet
 Written by
Ashley Montagu
X Files, The: Gethsemane, X Files, The: Redux
Christopher De Vore
Hamlet, Frances, The Final Witness
Eric Bergren
David Lynch
Français vus par, Les, Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway
Anthony Hopkins
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon
John Hurt
Alien, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hellboy
Anne Bancroft
The Graduate, Antz, Keeping the Faith
John Gielgud
Gandhi, Dragonheart, First Knight
Dexter Fletcher
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Doom, Layer Cake
Wendy Hiller
A Man for All Seasons, Murder on the Orient Express, Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel
Freddie Jones
Dune, The Count of Monte Cristo, Wild at Heart
 Music By
John Morris
Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles



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