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The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man 1980


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The Elephant Man 1980 PG

124 mins USA Director. David Lynch

John Hurt, unrecognisable beneath the make-up, delivers a tender performance as the severely deformed Joseph Merrick, rescued by Anthony Hopkins' kindly surgeon from the hell of a circus sideshow to a more genteel world of scientific enquiry. Lynch's sensitive study of disability and difference was shot in lustrous black and white by veteran cinematographer and ex-Hammer director Freddie Francis.

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David Lynch


John Hurt

Anthony Hopkins

Anne Bancroft

John Gielgud

Freddie Jones

Michael Elphick


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