The Elephant Man

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Synopsis

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.

Cast

  • John Hurt
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Anne Bancroft
  • John Gielgud
  • Wendy Hiller
  • Freddie Jones
  • Michael Elphick
  • Hannah Gordon
  • Helen Ryan
  • John Standing

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100

This is a tale of redemption and transcendence, of the hunchback of London Hospital, of the noble phantom who want to go to the opera, of Beauty and the Beast. In Treves' account, though, the Beast was a Beauty. In Lynch's hands, so is this film.

Richard Corliss
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