Elephant Man

Elephant Man

Director: David Lynch Cast: Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
, John Hurt
John Hurt
, Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
, John Gielgud
John Gielgud
David Lynch
Elephant Man

Elephant Man

Director: David Lynch Cast: Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
, John Hurt
John Hurt
, Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
, John Gielgud
John Gielgud
David Lynch

Blu-ray (Black & White / Wide Screen)

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John Hurt stars as John Merrick, the hideously deformed 19th century Londoner known as "The Elephant Man." Treated as a sideshow freak, Merrick is assumed to be retarded as well as misshapen because of his inability to speak coherently. In fact, he is highly intelligent and sensitive, a fact made public when one Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues Merrick from a carnival and brings him to a hospital for analysis. Alas, even after being recognized as a man of advanced intellect, Merrick is still treated like a freak; no matter his station in life, he will forever be a prisoner of his own malformed body. Unable to secure rights for the famous stage play The Elephant Man, producer Mel Brooks based his film on the memoirs of Frederick Treves and a much later account of Merrick's life by Ashley Montagu. The film is photographed in black and white by British master cinematographer Freddie Francis. Although nominated for eight Academy Awards -- including nods for Hurt and Lynch -- the film was ultimately shut out in every category. Across the Atlantic, it was recognized with a César Award in France as the Best Foreign-Language Film, and the BAFTA Award in England for Best Film.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2020
UPC: 0715515251518
Original Release: 1980
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:03:00
Sales rank: 8,438

Special Features

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack; Director David Lynch and critic Kristine McKenna reading from Room to Dream, a 2018 book they coauthored; Archival interviews with Lynch, actor John Hurt, producers Mel Brooks and Jonathan Sanger, director of photography Freddie Francis, stills photographer Frank Connor, and makeup artist Christopher Tucker; Audio recording from 1981 of an interview and Q&A with Lynch at the American Film Institute; The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed, a 2001 documentary about the film; Joseph Merrick: The Real Elephant Man, a 2005 program featuring archivist Jonathan Evans; Trailer and radio spots; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Dr. Frederick Treves
John Hurt John Merrick
Anne Bancroft Mrs. Madge Kendal
John Gielgud Carr Gomm
Wendy Hiller Mothershead
Fred Jones Bytes
Michael Elphick Night Porter
Hannah Gordon Mrs. Treves
Helen Ryan Princess Alexandra
John Standing Fox
Dexter Fletcher Bytes' Boy
Lesley Dunlop Nora
Phoebe Nicholls Merrick's Mother
Robert Bush Messenger
Maggie Cartier Actor
Peter Davidson Second Bobby
Roy Evans Cabbie
Orla Pederson Skeleton Man
Lisa & Teri Scobie Siamese Twins
Bernadette Milnes Actor
Carole Harrison Tart
Pat Gorman Fairground Bobby
Claire Davenport Fat Lady
Patsy Smart Distraught Woman
Frederick Treves Alderman
Stromboli Fire Eater
Richard Hunter Hodges
Tony London Porter
Hugh Manning Broadneck
Fanny Carby Mrs. Kendal's Dresser
Kathleen Byron Lady Waddington
Gerald Case Lord Waddington
David Ryall Man with Whores
Dierdre Costello 1st Whore
Pauline Quirke Whore
Kenny Baker Plumed Dwarf
Chris Greener Giant
Marcus Powell Midget
Eiji Kusuhara Japanese Bleeder
Robert Day Little Jim
Patricia Hodge Screaming Woman
John Rapley King in Panto
Teresa Codling Princess in Panto
William Morgan Sheppard Man in Pub
Tommy Wright First Bobby

Technical Credits
David Lynch Director,Musical Direction/Supervision,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Bergren Screenwriter
Mel Brooks Executive Producer
Maggie Cartier Casting
Robert Cartwright Art Director
Anne V. Coates Editor
Stuart Cornfeld Executive Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Christopher de Vore Screenwriter
Graham Ford Set Decoration/Design
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Robin Gregory Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Hayes Musical Arrangement
Graham Longhurst Special Effects
John Morris Score Composer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Sanger Producer
Hugh Scaife Set Decoration/Design
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Alan Splet Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Tucker Makeup
Anthony Waye Asst. Director

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