The Elephant Man

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The Elephant Man

exploitation biography based on true story hospital curiosity sideshow disfigurement physical deformity freak 19th century dignity

The Elephant Man

Release Date: October 09, 1980

Year    :   1980
Slogan    :   «I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a man!»
Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Paramount, StudioCanal, Brooksfilms
Director    :   David Lynch
Producers    :   Maggie Cartier, Mel Brooks, Jonathan Sanger, Stuart Cornfeld, Terence A. Clegg
Writers    :   David Lynch, Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore, Ashley Montagu
RunTime    :   124 mins.
Budget    :   5000000
Revenue    :   26010864

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.




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