The Elephant Man (1980)

  • Biography, Drama
  • 2h 4m

David Lynch’s moving retelling of a true story features an Academy Award©-nominated performance by John Hurt as John Merrick, the victim of a disease that has left him so horrendously deformed he’s spent most of his life as a carnival-show ‘freak’ with his exact condition never diagnosed. In time, Merrick comes under the care of Dr Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who installs the ‘Elephant Man’ in a hospital, where he studies him, helps him to overcome a seemingly insurmountable speech impediment, and – for a time – gives him back some human dignity. Through the striking cinematography of Freddie Francis, the film superbly invokes the bleak mood of an industrial Victorian England.

Director

David Lynch

Languages

English, French

Subtitles

English

Countries

USA, UK