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The Elephant Man

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Original title
The Elephant Man
Running time
125 min.
United States United States
David Lynch, Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore
John Morris
Freddie Francis (B&W)
Paramount Pictures (Producer: Mel Brooks)
Drama | Biography. Disease/illness. Disability. 19th Century. Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
John Merrick (John Hurt) is a hideously deformed individual dubbed the Elephant Man during his years in a circus freak show in Victorian England. After suffering for years at the hands of his circus "master", the eloquent, soft spoken Merrick is "rescued" by compassionate surgeon Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who allows him to live at the hospital where he works. Merrick becomes a social celebrity when he meets a popular stage performer (Anne Bancroft), but he must continue to fight for his dignity with those who still choose to view him as a freak.
1981: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
1980: 8 Nominations for Oscar, including Actor (Hurt), Art Direction, Costume Design, Director
1980: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1980: BAFTA Awards: Best Movie, Actor (Hurt) & Production Design. 7 Nominations
1980: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1980: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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