The Elephant Man (1980)
October 3, 2022 3:20 PM - Subscribe

Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity.

Also starring Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, and Freddie Jones.

Directed by David Lynch. Screenplay by Christopher De Vore & Eric Bergren & David Lynch.

92% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Streaming in the US free on hoopla and free with ads on Pluto TV. Also available for digital rental on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is such a good movie. There’s still some Eraserhead genetics rolling around in it, but it’s also a more polished, and cohesive movie. I know a lot of people are hesitant to watch it, but they really should give it a try.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:12 PM on October 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

Some heart-breaking moments in this, especially at the end when Merrick finally lays his head down *sniffle*
posted by Saxon Kane at 2:10 PM on October 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

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