Elephant Man (1980)Director: David Lynch,
John Hurt stars as John Merrick, the hideously deformed 19th century Londoner known as "The Elephant Man." Treated as a sideshow freak, Merrick is assumed to be retarded as well as misshapen because of his inability to speak coherently. In fact, he is highly intelligent and sensitive, a fact made public when one Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues Merrick from a carnival and brings him to a hospital for analysis. Alas, even after being recognized as a man of advanced intellect, Merrick is still treated like a freak; no matter his station in life, he will forever be a prisoner of his own malformed body. Unable to secure rights for the famous stage play The Elephant Man, producer Mel Brooks based his film on the memoirs of Frederick Treves and a much later account of Merrick's life by Ashley Montagu. The film is photographed in black and white by British master cinematographer Freddie Francis. Although nominated for eight Academy Awards -- including nods for Hurt and Lynch -- the film was ultimately shut out in every category. Across the Atlantic, it was recognized with a César Award in France as the Best Foreign-Language Film, and the BAFTA Award in England for Best Film.
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Cast & Crew
|David Lynch||Director,Musical Direction/Supervision,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Mel Brooks||Executive Producer|
|Robert Cartwright||Art Director|
|Anne V. Coates||Editor|
|Stuart Cornfeld||Executive Producer|
|Stuart Craig||Production Designer|
|Christopher de Vore||Screenwriter|
|Graham Ford||Set Decoration/Design|
|Robin Gregory||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jack Hayes||Musical Arrangement|
|Graham Longhurst||Special Effects|
|John Morris||Score Composer|
|Pat Norris||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Hugh Scaife||Set Decoration/Design|
|Alan Splet||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Anthony Waye||Asst. Director|
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I think that the story of John Merrik has inspired us all. Acclaimed artists,such as Audrey Kantrowitz and Richard Geary, have dedicated several painted figures to him, and many authors have been inspired to tell his story through thier vibrant, poetic words. The film itself has become a cult hit with sufferers of neurofibromatosis and people with Autismn. Most of the film is fictional,though.In the beginning of the film and after it it says that this film has been based on the life of John Merrik and not on any fictional account or Broadway Play by the same name,but most of it is fictional account. Most of it has been based on Frederick Treve's memoir,'' The Elephant Man and other Reminiscences'', but at that time Frederick was suffering from depression because his younger daughter,Kate,had died from appendicitis.He was prescribed to take Lithium which can memory loss. It is because of Frederick that Merrik is incorrectly referred to as ''John''. His birthname is actually Joseph Carey Merrik. This movie was made in the 80's and not much was known at the time about the true history of Joseph Merrik. At the time,it was beleived that Joseph had neurofibromatosis but recent studies show that he had Proteus Syndrome. As far as his mental state goes, Dr. Treves noted that he was retarded. This proves to be wrong. He was actually very intelligent but was not sophisticated enough so he still had the mind of a child. I was disapointed that the movie didn't portray his autistic personality. Yes, our Joey was, indeed ,an Autistic Savant. If you've ever seen ''Rain Man'', you would know what that is. Joseph was virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable to be independent, and he is given the full ability to function successfully. Anyway,you should check out the Joseph Carey Merrik Tribute Site at Google.com!! You would be surprised at what is fact and fiction in this film! By the way, I just found out that there has been a re-make of this film! The kids at school said that it wasn't as good as the original,and I decline to degree. As far as the film goes,it is a haunting and harrowing masterpiece.
every aspect of this film was coverd beautifully. iv'e read the book as well and this is a wonderfull supplement
An amazing, Lynchian film. It had great acting from Mr. Hurt & Hopkins. The make-up artist did fantastic. Who ever it was, they made John Hurt grotesque and obscure. It was a sad film that I feel oh so close to. I understand this, as I understand Edward Scissorhands (the greatest movie ever), so I give it five out of five.
This film depicts how behind we really are. We as a species are overly concerned with the exterior rather than the interior. I recommend this for anyone who wishes to grow as a person.
The Elephant Man is a film that, in addition to holding your attention, makes you want to be a better person. The horror with which we first view John Merrick turns into a horror for how cruel people can be. There are some wonderfully poetic touches, like John's decision to mimic the picture above his bead. Everyone should have their children see this film so they learn compassion.
I am 16 and i saw The elephate man just the other day and i really loved it.It lets you relize how society acts to people being different back then and sometimes now . John was a really cool guy . Since i saw that movie i will allways have a facination with John Merrick . For my 18 birthday i want to visit john's grave if they have one. Thanks to the movie i have read many books on john merrick
John hurt gives the best performance of his career. Just having enough compassion to do that role he should have gotten the an Oscar. Anthony Hopkins plays Fredrick Treeves, the doctor who saved John Merrick(John Hurt) for being the freak in a circus. The movie really makes you think how bad some people are treated because of the way they look. I think that everyone should see this movie.