Elephant Man (1980)




Director:    David Lynch.

Starring:    Anthony Hopkins (Frederick Treves), John Hurt (John Merrick), Anne Bancroft (Mrs. Kendal), John Gielgud (Carr Gomm), Wendy Hiller (Mothershead), Freddie Jones (Bytes), Michael Elphick (Night Porter), Hannah Gordon (Mrs. Treves), Helen Ryan (Princess Alex), John Standing (Fox), Dexter Fletcher (Bytes' Boy), Lesley Dunlop (Nora), Phoebe Nicholls (Merrick's Mother), Pat Gorman (Fairground Bobby), Claire Davenport (Fat Lady).

John Merrick with terribly disfiguring disease finally treated with some dignity (becoming a favorite of Queen Victoria).




This film is a tough one to watch.  The cruelty to a fellow human being is upsetting to say the least.  Ah, what won't man do for a little profit?

John Merrick, a man with "elephant man disease," is finally rescued from a cruel carnival side-show owner and treated with some dignity.

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.








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