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With: John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Freddie Jones, Wendy Hiller
Written by: Christopher DeVore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch
Directed by: David Lynch
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 123
Date: 03/10/1980

The Elephant Man (1980)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

I Am Not an Aminal...

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Buy The Elephant Man on DVD.

The Elephant Man was David Lynch's second major film after his midnight hit Eraserhead and he managed a certain amount of acclaim for his subtle, powerful portrait of John Merrick (played by John Hurt) a man so deformed he was raised as a circus freak. The English cast (including Anthony Hopkins, John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller) and the true-story appeal probably turned most critics on. But this black-and-white film already includes several Lyncian benchmarks: hissing noises, nightmare sequences, and moments of deadly quiet. Oddly, Mel Brooks's production company was in charge.

DVD Details: Paramount's beautiful widescreen DVD includes a very good "Making Of" documentary and a photo gallery.

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