The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

DVD - 2006
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Based on a true story, the film examines the complex emotional experiences faced by John Merrick, the "Elephant Man" when he is discovered by a dedicated surgeon. Rescued from his degrading life as a circus freak, Merrick is given a chance to live his last years with comfort, respect, and dignity.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, 2006
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780792173182
079217318X
Branch Call Number: DVD ELEPH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Elephant man (Motion picture)

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DUVIDL
Jun 12, 2017

I said it before and I stand behind it now: JOHN HURT WAS ROBBED!

Viewing this extremely underrated, and under-appreciated wonderful piece of modern cinema When I was a child made me think of people
in a whole new realm. Therefore, watching this with my extraordinary wife some mid-twenty years later in life was a real gem for her eyes embraced into the perverse
behaviours and gritty , almost film noir like English Victorian 19th century culture and visuals. Enough said about her expression!. As for my rating on the film an absolute five stars, There are several memorable scenes and the film was merely nominated for 8 blazing academy awards, but did not win or get selected for Not Even 1. That is sad all albeit. The preparation for this film to be made took about one year getting John hurt's facial make-up and prosthetics done just right as all the creators involved in this film including the least of them being the director David Lynch sure I'm A Huge Fan of his work but I would think the cinematographer and make- up artist and all of the cast collaborated equally well with one another as did Lynch. One more point or objective I would not recommend this movie to kids although the library system rates the film PG maybe at 15 they would think but then again I would say as you grow older you understand the human condition a lot more than a teen would, even some grown adults still don't get it!!! That's disappointing. Finally my ending speaks a little irony , but total truth Did YOOOOOOOUUU know that Master comedy legend and film director and actor Mel Brooks was the overseeing Executive Producer behind 'The Elephant Man' Directed by David Lynch in 1980 Deeply affecting piece of work Thanks

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ralphiespencer15
Feb 07, 2015

very sad, a tear jerker

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trotter73
Dec 16, 2014

great movie.
As John Hurt said "if you aren't touched by this movie, you're not the kind of person I'd want to know"

aaa5756 Jul 06, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

SpeedReader14 Jun 19, 2013

Very dark content, but excellent acting. The plot is good, but it is somewhat dragged out among the length of the film. Despite that, very good, four and a half stars, and anyone who enjoys Sir Anthony Hopkins will simply love him in this.

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Monolith
Jun 24, 2012

Even with its dark content, this is unquestionably the most 'normal' film I've seen from director David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, etc.). A stirring portrayal of Joseph (incorrectly misnomered John for some reason) Merrick, the misfortunate soul, who was given a brief reprieve from the scum who exploited and tortured him, and at the same time offered some caring, friendship, and dignity from surgeon Frederick Treves (whose actual great nephew of the same name plays the Alderman trying to close the show in the opening sequence). Sir Anthony Hopkins is exceptional as that kind doctor, and John Hurt delivers an extraordinary, affecting, memorable performance of the incomprehensibly lonely Merrick. I'm not ashamed to say I shed a few tears. A magnificent film. FIVE STARS.

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MeReneG
Jan 03, 2012

Based on the life of John Merrick, a congenitally-disfigured Englishman who spent most of his short life as a side-show attraction. // Not your typical Hollywood film, even for its day (1980)! Filming in B&W enhanced the whole ambiance of the gritty, hard life that most Victorian's experienced. Amazing makeup and excellent performances by Hopkins and Hurt (who was unrecognizable in his prosthesis). // The special features are worth a look too, to fully appreciate both the extent of Merrick's disabilities and the artistry and technical wizardry involved in creating Hurt's prostheses.

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trotter73
Dec 16, 2014

I AM NOT AN ANIMAL! I AM A HUMAN BEING

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Monolith
Jun 24, 2012

Carr Gomm: "Can you IMAGINE the kind of life he must have had?" Dr. Frederick Treves: "Yes... I think I can..." Carr Gomm: "I don't believe so... No one could POSSIBLY imagine it - I don't believe any of us can!"

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Monolith
Jun 24, 2012

John Merrick: "My life is full because I know I am loved."

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Monolith
Jun 24, 2012

John Merrick: "People are frightened by what they don't understand."

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Monolith
Jun 24, 2012

John Merrick: " I AM NOT AN ANIMAL! I AM A HUMAN BEING! I... AM... A MAN!"

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