The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

A Victorian doctor (Anthony Hopkins) saves John Merrick (John Hurt) from a carnival sideshow life.

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The Elephant Man


Biography, Drama125 Mins1980PG

Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.


  • Inspiring
  • Profound
  • Uplifting