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[[Performer~P34099~John Hurt~johnhurt]] 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 ([[Performer~P217525~Anthony Hopkins~anthonyhopkins]]) 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 [[Feature~V62236~The Elephant Man~theelephantman]], producer [[Performer~P83158~Mel Brooks~melbrooks]] based his film on the memoirs of [[Performer~P71745~Frederick Treves~fredericktreves]] and a much later account of Merrick's life by [[Performer~P50083~Ashley Montagu~ashleymontagu]]. The film is lensed in black and white by British master cinematographer [[Performer~P90319~Freddie Francis~freddiefrancis]]. Though nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film was ultimately shut out in every category. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 3, 1980

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hugh Scaife Best Art Direction 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jonathan Sanger Best Picture 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Cartwright Best Art Direction 1980 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stuart Craig Best Art Direction 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stuart Craig Best Art Direction 1980 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Freddie Francis Best Cinematography 1980 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Hurt Best Actor 1980 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Hurt Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Hurt Best Actor 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne V. Coates Best Editing 1980 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lynch Best Picture 1980 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Lynch Best Director 1980 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Lynch Best Screenplay 1980 Nominee
Directors Guild of America David Lynch Best Director 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Lynch Best Director 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Lynch Best Adapted Screenplay 1980 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema David Lynch Best Foreign Film 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Eric Bergren Best Screenplay 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eric Bergren Best Adapted Screenplay 1980 Nominee

Cast

Anthony Hopkins
as Dr. Frederick Treves
John Hurt
as John Merrick
Anne Bancroft
as Mrs. Madge Kendal
John Gielgud
as Carr Gomm
Wendy Hiller
as Mothershead
Freddie Jones
as Bytes
Michael Elphick
as Night Porter
Helen Ryan
as Princess Alexandra
John Standing
as Fox
Dexter Fletcher
as Bytes' Boy
Lesley Dunlop
as Nora
Phoebe Nicholls
as Merrick's Mother
Teresa Codling
as Princess in Panto
Chris Greener
as Giant
David Ryall
as Man with Whores
Kathleen Byron
as Lady Waddington
Bernadette Milnes
Kenny Baker
as Plumed Dwarf
Claire Davenport
as Fat Lady
Patsy Smart
as Distraught Woman
Eiji Kusuhara
as Japanese Bleeder
Marcus Powell
as Midget
Gerald Case
as Lord Waddington
Robert Bush
as Messenger
Robert Day
as Little Jim
Tommy Wright
as First Bobby
Roy Evans
as Cabbie
Richard Hunter
as Hodges
Patricia Hodge
as Screaming Woman
Pauline Quirke
as Whore
William Morgan Sheppard
as Man in Pub
Maggie Cartier
Frederick Treves
as Alderman
Fanny Carby
as Mrs. Kendal's Dresser
Carole Harrison
as Tart
Orla Pederson
as Skeleton Man
Tony London
as Porter
Pat Gorman
as Fairground Bobby
John Rapley
as King in Panto
Hugh Manning
as Broadneck

Crew

David Lynch
Director
Jonathan Sanger
Producer
David Lynch
Screenwriter
Eric Bergren
Screenwriter
Ashley Montagu
Book Author
Freddie Francis
Cinematographer
Samuel Barber
Featured Music
David Lynch
Musical Direction/Supervision
Anne V. Coates
Editor
Stuart Craig
Production Designer
Robert Cartwright
Art Director
Mel Brooks
Executive Producer
Stuart Cornfeld
Executive Producer
Graham Ford
Set Designer
Hugh Scaife
Set Designer
Alan Splet
Sound/Sound Designer
Robin Gregory
Sound/Sound Designer
David Lynch
Sound/Sound Designer
Graham Longhurst
Special Effects
Anthony Waye
First Assistant Director
Maggie Cartier
Casting
Christopher Tucker
Makeup
Wally Schneiderman
Makeup
Ashley Montagu
Short Story Author
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