The Elephant Man
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This is the rare story of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, enslaved by his body, set free by his dream. Trapped inside the twisted, lesion-ridden grip of a terminally disfiguring disease, Merrick triumphs over his terrible affliction. It is a story of life and the affirmation of life; timeless, tragic, uplifting and heroic. Philip Anglim's exquisite portrayal of John Merrick is all the more exceptional because he does it without elaborate make-up. As Dr. Frederick Treves (Kevin Conway) describes Merrick's deformities to a lecture hall full of medical observers, Anglim contorts his body to match Treves' narrative until, finally, he achieves Merrick's crippled U-shape.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 35
- Fresh: 31
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: What we eventually see underneath this shell is not 'the study in dignity' that Ashley Montagu wrote about, but something far more poignant, a study in genteelness that somehow suppressed all rage.
Fresh: Director David Lynch has created an eerily compelling atmosphere in recounting a hideously deformed man's perilous life in Victorian England.
Fresh: This tale of a pure soul struggling to be heard over the prejudice of the many is quite heart-rending.
Fresh: A marvellous movie, shot in stunning black-and-white by Freddie Francis.
a very good play
i find this to be a well acted play, not like the John Hurt film of the same name. however presentable. anyone who dont like it, thats there problem.