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The Elephant Man

1980 Rated PG 2hr 4m

In this Oscar-nominated drama based on a true story, physically abnormal John Merrick (John Hurt) endures ostracizing, taunting behavior as a sideshow attraction in mid-19th century England. Despite his horribly disfigured face and body and barely perceptible speech, concerned doctor Frederick Treves (Sir Anthony Hopkins) recognizes Merrick to be highly intelligent and works to save the Elephant Man's dignity. Directed by David Lynch.

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Movie Details

1981 BAFTA®
1981 Golden Globe Awards
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
  • Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
  • Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
1981 Academy Award®
  • Best Film Editing nominee
  • Best Picture nominee
  • Best Actor nominee: John Hurt
  • Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
  • Best Costume Design nominee
  • Best Art Direction nominee
  • Best Director nominee: David Lynch
  • Best Music Score nominee
Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
Screen formats

Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; retrospective cast and crew interviews with John Hurt, executive producer Mel Brooks, producer Jonathan Sanger and others; narrated photo gallery.