The Elephant Man  

« Io non sono un elefante... Io non sono un animale! Sono un essere umano! Un uomo... Un uomo. »

The Elephant Man (1980)

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Londra, seconda metà dell'Ottocento. A causa di una malattia molto rara, la neurofibromatosi, che gli ha dato sembianze mostruose, il giovane John Merrick viene esposto come "uomo elefante" nel baraccone di Bytes, un alcolizzato che campa sfruttando la sua mostruosità e lo tratta come una bestia. E' qui che Merrick viene scoperto dal dottor Frederick Treves, un chirurgo del London Hospital che convince Bytes a cederglielo per qualche tempo in modo da poterlo studiare e curare. Portato in ospedale e presentato a un congresso di scienziati, John si rivela ben presto agli occhi di Treves come un uomo di intelligenza superiore e di animo raffinato e sensibile.

Direttore: David Lynch
Scrittori: David Lynch, Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren.

Data di uscita: 1980-10-02
Stato: Released
Tempo di esecuzione: 124 min / 2:4
Budget: $5,000,000
Entrate: $26,010,864
Società di produzione : Brooksfilms
Paesi di produzione: United Kingdom, United States of America
Data di uscita: 1980-10-02
Stato: Released
Tempo di esecuzione: 124 min / 2:4
Budget: $5,000,000
Entrate: $26,010,864

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Anthony Hopkins
as Dr. Frederick Treves
John Hurt
as John Merrick
Anne Bancroft
as Mrs. Kendal
John Gielgud
as Carr Gomm
Wendy Hiller
as Mothershead
Freddie Jones
as Bytes
Michael Elphick
as Night Porter
John Standing
as Dr. Fox
Phoebe Nicholls
as Merrick's Mother
Kenny Baker
as Plumed Dwarf
Helen Ryan
as Princess Alex
John Standing
as Fox
Dexter Fletcher
as Bytes' Boy
Lesley Dunlop
as Nora
Pat Gorman
as Fairground Bobby
Claire Davenport
as Fat lady
Orla Pederson
as Skeleton Man
Patsy Smart
as Patsy Smart
Kathleen Byron
as Lady Waddington
William Morgan Sheppard
as Man In Pub
Hannah Gordon
as Mrs. Anne Treves
Frederick Treves
as Alderman
Richard Hunter
as Hodges
Robert Lewis Bush
as Messenger
Roy Evans
as Cabman
Joan Rhodes
as Cook
Nula Conwell
as Nurse Kathleen
Tony London
as Young Porter
Alfie Curtis
as Milkman
Bernadette Milnes
as 1st Fighting Woman
Carol Harrison
as Tart
Hugh Manning
as Broadneck
Dennis Burgess
as 1st Committee Man
Fanny Carby
as Mrs. Kendal's Dresser
Gerald Case
as Lord Waddington
David Ryall
as Man With Whores
Deirdre Costello
as 1st Whore
Pauline Quirke
as 2nd Whore
Marcus Powell
as Midget
Lesley Scoble
as Siamese Twin
Eiji Kusuhara
as Japanese Bleeder
Patricia Hodge
as Screaming Mum
Tommy Wright
as First Bobby
Peter Davidson
as Second Bobby
John Rapley
as King In Panto
Janie Kells
as Horse
Lydia Lisle
as Merrick's Mother
Eric Bergren
as Lyra Box Player #1 (uncredited)
Christopher De Vore
as Lyra Box Player #2 (uncredited)
Harry Fielder
as Policeman (uncredited)
David Lynch
as Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited)
Ralph Morse
as Young aristocrat (uncredited)
Fred Wood
as Injured Man (uncredited)


Directing David Lynch Director
Writing David Lynch Screenplay
Sound John Morris Original Music Composer
Camera Freddie Francis Director of Photography
Editing Anne V. Coates Editor
Art Stuart Craig Production Design
Production Maggie Cartier Casting
Costume & Make-Up Patricia Norris Costume Design
Production Jonathan Sanger Producer
Production Mel Brooks Executive Producer
Writing Christopher De Vore Screenplay
Writing Eric Bergren Screenplay
Production Stuart Cornfeld Executive Producer
Art Robert Cartwright Art Direction
Art Hugh Scaife Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Stephanie Kaye Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Wally Schneiderman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Christopher Tucker Makeup Designer
Production Terence A. Clegg Production Manager
Directing Anthony Waye Assistant Director
Crew Terry Wells Property Master
Art John Roberts Set Designer
Sound Robin Gregory Sound mixer
Sound Peter Horrocks Sound Editor
Sound David Lynch Sound Designer
Crew Alan Splet Special Sound Effects
Sound Terry Sharratt Boom Operator
Crew Graham Longhurst Special Effects
Crew Neil Corbould Special Effects
Crew Paul Corbould Special Effects
Visual Effects Martin Gutteridge Special Effects Supervisor
Crew Garth Inns Special Effects
Camera Frank Connor Still Photographer
Lighting Roy Larner Gaffer
Lighting Wick Finch Electrician
Editing Patrick Moore Assistant Editor
Sound Jack Hayes Orchestrator
Directing Ceri Evans Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Tiny Nicholls Costume Supervisor
Crew Brian Hathaway Transportation Captain

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  • The film of The Elephant Man is not based on the successful stage play of the same name, but they both draw their sources from the life of John Merrick, the original "elephant man," whose rare disease imprisoned him in a cruelly misformed body.

  • This is not a film for everyone, but if you're looking for a compelling real life drama, then give this one a shot. With Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt's performances alone, The Elephant Man stands as one of the best films of 1980's. This is filmmaking at its best and David Lynch has made his masterpiece with this one.

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  • Reel history The Elephant Man: close to the memoirs but not the man David Lynch's 1980 film of the Victorian sideshow act turned celebrity is faithful to its source material but fails to get to ...

  • The Elephant Man himself is a perfectly balanced example of how pathos can be achieved. Not only is this man seen as a monster, but his character is pathetic also. With The Elephant Man, Lynch is saying to the world that it is society that is the monster, not the freaks that live within it.

  • The Elephant Man (1980), was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon and Freddie Jones. Certificate PG, running time: 124 minutes.

  • The Elephant Man Despite of having an uncanny resemblance with Frankenstein, it not only stands alone but surpasses the character's innocence and depth to an extent where it is not possible to be moved by it for its impact grows stronger after each frame as it ages on screen. Having said that, a smart adaptation by Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren and David Lynch is written explicitly offering enough stage and range to each and every character to factor in effectively, is the key to it.

  • John Hurt in The Elephant Man (StudioCanal Films/Alamy) A black-and-white film brought its director to Hollywood’s attention in 1980. R eleased in 1980, David Lynch’s The Elephant Man is the one Lynch film that found a mesmerizing middle ground between conventional Hollywood story structure and its director’s surreal dreamscapes.