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Elephant Man, The Movie

80s Film Summary for Elephant Man, The

Summary

Ugly Beauty perfectly describes this 80s movie. A Victorian surgeon aids a man perceived by all as a side show freak.

Elephant Man, The DVD

Plot

The Elephant Man is a true story about a man John Merrick (played by John Hurt) who has been nicknamed The Elephant Man because of his hideous appearance.

A surgeon, Dr. Frederick Treves (played by Anthony Hopkins), helps a grotesque man realize that there is more to beauty than an ugly face in The Elephant Man.

Cast

Dr. Frederick Treves - Anthony Hopkins
John Merrick (The Elephant Man) - John Hurt
Mrs. Kendal - Anne Bancroft
Carr Gomm - John Gielgud
Mothershead - Wendy Hiller
Bytes - Freddie Jones
Night Porter - Michael Elphick
Mrs. Anne Treves - Hannah Gordon
Princess Alex - Helen Ryan
Dr. Fox - John Standing
Bytes's Boy - Dexter Fletcher
Nora - Lesley Dunlop
Merrick's Mother - Phoebe Nicholls
Fairground Bobby - Pat Gorman
Fat Lady - Claire Davenport

Trivia

The real John Merrick portrayed in The Elephant Man was born in England in died at the age of 27. His real name was Joseph and not John Merrick.

In The Elephant Man, the makeup for the main character took 12 hours to put on for every scene.

Academy Awards:

John Hurt won for Best Actor In A Leading Role for the role of John Merrick in Elephant Man, The.

David Lynch won for Best Director for Elephant Man, The.

John Morris won for Best Original Score for Elephant Man, The.

Jonathan Sanger, Producer won for Best Picture for Elephant Man, The.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Elephant Man, The was released to theatres on 10/03/1980 by Paramount Pictures, and grossed $26,010,864 at the box office in the US on a budget of $5,000,000 .

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