Elephant Man, The

Lists: Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989

Brief Synopsis: "A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London."

Overall Ranking: 0 (Rank from 1980: # 0)

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Thomas Pollock100
Dan O'Neill85 - With a surprisingly straight-forward direction by David Lynch, a pair of great performances from Hurt and Hopkins, and an inspirational story at the heart of it all, The Elephant Man is a wonderful flick that will make you feel for itís main subject but also realize what itís like to be a human, and what it takes to care for the other humans around you as well.
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People Involved

  • Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Frederick Treves)
  • John Hurt (John Merrick)
  • Anne Bancroft (Mrs. Kendal)
  • John Gielgud (Carr Gomm)
  • Wendy Hiller (Mothershead)
  • Freddie Jones (Bytes)
  • Michael Elphick (Night Porter)
  • John Standing (Dr. Fox)
  • Phoebe Nicholls (Merricks Mother)
  • Kenny Baker (Plumed Dwarf)
  • Hannah Gordon (Mrs. Treves)
  • Helen Ryan (Princess Alex)
  • John Standing (Fox)
  • Dexter Fletcher (Bytes Boy)
  • Lesley Dunlop (Nora)
  • Pat Gorman (Fairground Bobby)
  • Claire Davenport (Fat Lady)
  • Orla Pederson (Skeleton Man)
  • Patsy Smart (Patsy Smart)
  • William Morgan Sheppard (Man In Pub (as Morgan Sheppard))
  • Kathleen Byron (Lady Waddington)
  • David Lynch (Director)