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The Elephant Man (1980)
"I am not an animal! I am a human being! man!"
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
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
Hannah Gordon Mrs. Anne Treves
Helen Ryan Princess Alex
John Standing Dr. Fox
Dexter Fletcher Bytes's Boy
Lesley Dunlop Nora
Phoebe Nicholls Merrick's Mother
Pat Gorman Fairground Bobby
Claire Davenport Fat Lady
Orla Pederson Skeleton Man
Patsy Smart Distraught Woman
Frederick Treves Alderman
Stromboli Fire Eater
Richard Hunter Hodges
James Cormack Pierce
Robert Lewis Bush Messenger (as Robert Bush)
Roy Evans Cabman
Joan Rhodes Cook
Nula Conwell Nurse Kathleen
Tony London Young Porter
Alfie Curtis Charles the Milkman
Bernadette Milnes 1st Fighting Woman
Brenda Kempner 2nd Fighting Woman
Carol Harrison Tart (as Carole Harrison)
Hugh Manning Broadneck
Dennis Burgess 1st Committee Man
Fanny Carby Mrs. Kendal's Dresser
William Morgan Sheppard Man in Pub (as Morgan Sheppard)
Kathleen Byron Lady Waddington
Gerald Case Lord Waddington
David Ryall Man with Whores
Deirdre Costello 1st Whore
Pauline Quirke 2nd Whore
Kenny Baker Plumed Dwarf
Chris Greener Giant
Marcus Powell Midget
Gilda Cohen Midget
Lisa Scoble Siamese Twin
Teri Scoble Siamese Twin
Eiji Kusuhara Japanese Bleeder
Robert Day Little Jim
Patricia Hodge Screaming Mum
Tommy Wright First Bobby
Peter Davidson Second Bobby
John Rapley King in Panto
Hugh Spight Puss in Panto
Teresa Codling Princess in Panto
Marion Betzold Principal Boy
Caroline Haigh Tree
Florenzio Morgado Tree
Victor Kravchenko Lion / Coachman
Beryl Hicks Fairy
Michele Amas Horse
Lucie Alford Horse
Penny Wright Horse
Janie Kells Horse
Lydia Lisle Merrick's Mother
Eric Bergren Lyra Box Player #1 (uncredited)
Adam Caine Kid at Train Station (uncredited)
Christopher De Vore Lyra Box Player #2 (uncredited)
Producer: Jonathan Sanger
Writer: Sir Frederick Treves,Ashley Montagu
One of the greatest films, but so little appreciated
I first saw The Elephant Man at its pre-release showing in 1980, and it struck an immediate and resonant chord with me. Few movies are like this, and it remains (many viewings later) one of my top 10 films of all time.

The plot is presented well in other reviews here, so I will not repeat it or comment further. Of the film itself I would only add that it is without doubt the most mature and satisfying of David Lynch's works - in many ways it is the final, polished jewel carved from the rough and ugly (but fascinating) diamond of Eraserhead, with the self-conscious artiness and juvenile qualities of the earlier film distilled into a potent and poignant statement on the human condition.

Some critics have dismissed The Elephant Man as an exercise in emotional manipulation, however I believe this completely misses the point. All films are manipulative to some degree, but it is a manipulation in which we as an audience engage by consent. The Elephant Man will stand the final test and it will be appreciated fully by future audiences, in much the same way as Citizen Kane had to wait for some decades until audiences were able to fully comprehend its greatness.

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Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 8.4
Musician: John Morris
Running time: 124 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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