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The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man (1980)

  • Directed by David Lynch
  • Starring Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick
  • USA UK | 118mins | 1980 | rated (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 58min


This 40-year-old, multi award-winning film is now newly restored in digital 4K, overseen by director David Lynch.

John Hurt, transformed by incredible make-up, plays the real-life Joseph Merrick (re-named John for the film), dubbed ‘The Elephant Man’ due to his physical appearance. He’s rescued from an East End freak show by Dr Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who places him in a hospital, yet Merrick finds himself subjected to similar morbid curiosity by the medical profession and members of Victorian high society.
Hurt’s quietly magnificent performance, the extraordinary depiction of the underbelly of Victorian London, the atmospheric black and white photography, and Lynch’s trademark experimental touches, make for a haunting and memorable tale.
As is the case with all of Lynch’s films, they really sing in a cinema, everyone should get a chance to see this film; for those of an open mind, and a caring soul, there is nothing else like it.