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Nurse Nora (Lesley Dunlop), Mrs Mothershead (Wendy Hiller), Princess Alexandra of Wales (Helen Ryan), and Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) accompany John Merrick aka The Elephant Man (John Hurt) in the royal box.
Nurse Nora (Lesley Dunlop), Mrs Mothershead (Wendy Hiller), Princess Alexandra of Wales (Helen Ryan), and Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) accompany John Merrick aka The Elephant Man (John Hurt) in the royal box.
Ringmaster Mr. Bytes (Freddie Jones) exploits The Elephant Man (John Hurt) at a Victorian freak show.
Ringmaster Mr. Bytes (Freddie Jones) exploits The Elephant Man (John Hurt) at a Victorian freak show.
John Merrick (John Hurt) surprises hospital governor Francis Carr-Gomm (John Gielgud) and Dr. Treves (Anthony Hopkins).
John Merrick (John Hurt) surprises hospital governor Francis Carr-Gomm (John Gielgud) and Dr. Treves (Anthony Hopkins).
Actress Madge Kendal (Anne Bancroft) is taken with John Merrick (John Hurt).
Actress Madge Kendal (Anne Bancroft) is taken with John Merrick (John Hurt).

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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 81
Notable as: Historical drama, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Biographical film, Historical drama, DramaNarrative location: LondonRuntime: 123 - 124 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United Kingdom, United StatesFilming location: LondonDirector: David LynchScreenwriter: David LynchMusic: John MorrisCinematography: Freddie FrancisStars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Dexter Fletcher, Phoebe Nicholls, John Standing Producer: Stuart CornfeldStudio: BrooksfilmsAwards won: César Award for Best Foreign FilmAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (John Hurt)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Academy Award for Best Director (David Lynch)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Anne V. Coates)
Academy Award for Best Original Score (John Morris)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Production Design (Stuart Craig)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (David Lynch)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Elephant Man is a 1980 film about Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon and Freddie Jones. The screenplay was adapted by Lynch, Christopher De Vore and Eric Bergren from Frederick Treves’s The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences and Ashley Montagu’s The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity. It was shot in black and white and featured make-up work by Christopher Tucker. The Elephant Man was a critical and commercial success with eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor. When the Academy was scolded for failing to honor the make-up work on the film, it prompted them to create the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling the following year. The film also won the BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Production Design.


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