The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

"I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a man!"
  • PG
  • 1980
  • 2 hr 4 min
  • 8.1  (219,257)
  • 78

"The Elephant Man" is an elegant, black-and-white biographical film based on the real life story of Joseph (John) Merrick, a horribly deformed man who lives in Victorian England as an abused circus freak. A curious physician, Dr. Frederick Treves, visits him in his exhibit and is profoundly moved by his pitiful appearance. Treves then rescues Merrick from his carnival surroundings and hides him in a hospital, discovering that Merrick is a man of tremendous sensitivity, grace and intelligence. With Treves' help, Merrick finds in his life a strong sense of human dignity and purpose. Initially an object of horrified fascination, Merrick finally gains the affection and respect of Treves, of the hospital staff, and of the highest levels of London society. Nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globes for Best Picture, Director and Actor (John Hurt).

The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man (4K International Trailer)
The Elephant Man (4K International Trailer)

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The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man

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"The Elephant Man" is an elegant, black-and-white biographical film based on the real life story of Joseph (John) Merrick, a horribly deformed man who lives in Victorian England as an abused circus freak. A curious physician, Dr. Frederick Treves, visits him in his exhibit and is profoundly moved by his pitiful appearance. Treves then rescues Merrick from his carnival surroundings and hides him in a hospital, discovering that Merrick is a man of tremendous sensitivity, grace and intelligence. With Treves' help, Merrick finds in his life a strong sense of human dignity and purpose. Initially an object of horrified fascination, Merrick finally gains the affection and respect of Treves, of the hospital staff, and of the highest levels of London society. Nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globes for Best Picture, Director and Actor (John Hurt).

The Elephant Man is a 1980 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 4 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1 and a MetaScore of 78.

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  • Release Date
    1980
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    2 hr 4 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (219,257)
  • Metascore
    78