The true story of John Merrick, a horribly deformed Victorian-era Englishman who was saved from a life of freak shows by a sympathetic doctor. Striking imagery and a powerful indictment of society!
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Having failed in his first attempt to see the freak-show exhibit, doctor Treves (Anthony Hopkins) returns to the corner of 1884 London where Bytes (Freddie Jones) keeps his meal ticket, John (really Joseph) Merrick (John Hurt), in David Lynch's celebrated The Elephant Man, 1980.
Treves (Anthony Hopkins), having gained the cooperation of John Merrick (John Hurt, title character), shows his find to a society of fellow doctors in 1884 London, later conferring with Fox (John Standing), in David Lynch's The Elephant Man, 1980.
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This is the rare story of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, enslaved by his body, set free by his dream. Trapped inside the twisted, lesion-ridden grip of a terminally disfiguring disease, Merrick triumphs over his terrible affliction. It is a story of life and the affirmation of life; timeless, tragic, uplifting and heroic. Philip Anglim's exquisite portrayal of John Merrick is all the more exceptional because he does it without elaborate make-up. As Dr. Frederick Treves (Kevin Conway) describes Merrick's deformities to a lecture hall full of medical observers, Anglim contorts his body to match Treves' narrative until, finally, he achieves Merrick's crippled U-shape.
All the human spirit needs to thrive...is a chance. In one of his most legendary films, director David Lynch chronicles the intense emotional journey of a complex, lonely man and the dedicated surgeon who changed his life. John Merrick (John Hurt) was born with a horribly disfiguring congenital disease, and suffered the humiliation of being a sideshow freak. Only when London doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon) rescues him does Merrick begin to regain the life of dignity and respect that everyone deserves. Based on a true story, the critically acclaimed, Oscar®-nominated film has earned its place in cinematic history. Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller lend moving performances to an already powerful story. Visually fascinating and historically relevant, Lynch has created a haunting masterpiece of compassion, beauty and ultimately, humanity.
Based on a true story, the film examines the complex emotional experiences faced by John Merrick. "The Elephant Man" (Hurt), when he is discovered by a dedicated surgeon (Anthony Hopkins). Rescued from his degrading life as a circus freak, Merrick is given a chance to live his last years with comfort, respect, and dignity.
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