The Elephant Man

I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a man!

The Elephant Man (1980)


A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

Director: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren.

Release Date: 1980-10-02
Status: Released
Run time: 124 min / 2:4
Budget: $5,000,000
Revenue: $26,010,864
Production Company : Brooksfilms
Production Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America



Anthony Hopkins
as Dr. Frederick Treves
John Hurt
as John Merrick
Anne Bancroft
as Mrs. Kendal
John Gielgud
as Carr Gomm
Wendy Hiller
as Mothershead
Freddie Jones
as Bytes
Michael Elphick
as Night Porter
Hannah Gordon
as Mrs. Anne Treves
Helen Ryan
as Princess Alex
John Standing
as Dr. Fox
Dexter Fletcher
as Bytes' Boy
Lesley Dunlop
as Nora
Phoebe Nicholls
as Merrick's Mother
Pat Gorman
as Fairground Bobby
Kenny Baker
as Plumed Dwarf
Claire Davenport
as Fat lady
Orla Pederson
as Skeleton Man
Patsy Smart
as Distraught Woman
Kathleen Byron
as Lady Waddington
William Morgan Sheppard
as Man In Pub
Frederick Treves
as Alderman
Richard Hunter
as Hodges
Robert Lewis Bush
as Messenger
Roy Evans
as Cabman
Joan Rhodes
as Cook
Nula Conwell
as Nurse Kathleen
Tony London
as Young Porter
Alfie Curtis
as Milkman
Bernadette Milnes
as 1st Fighting Woman
Carol Harrison
as Tart
Hugh Manning
as Broadneck
Dennis Burgess
as 1st Committee Man
Fanny Carby
as Mrs. Kendal's Dresser
Gerald Case
as Lord Waddington
David Ryall
as Man With Whores
Deirdre Costello
as 1st Whore
Pauline Quirke
as 2nd Whore
Marcus Powell
as Midget
Lesley Scoble
as Siamese Twin
Eiji Kusuhara
as Japanese Bleeder
Patricia Hodge
as Screaming Mum
Tommy Wright
as First Bobby
Peter Davidson
as Second Bobby
John Rapley
as King In Panto
Janie Kells
as Horse
Lydia Lisle
as Merrick's Mother
Eric Bergren
as Lyra Box Player #1 (uncredited)
Christopher De Vore
as Lyra Box Player #2 (uncredited)
Harry Fielder
as Policeman (uncredited)
David Lynch
as Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited)
Ralph Morse
as Young aristocrat (uncredited)
Fred Wood
as Injured Man (uncredited)
as Fire Eater
James Cormack
as Pierce
Brenda Kempner
as 2nd Fighting Woman
Chris Greener
as Giant
Gilda Cohen
as Midget
Teri Scoble
as Siamese Twin
Robert Day
as Little Jim
Hugh Spight
as Puss In Panto
Teresa Codling
as Princess In Panto
Marion Betzold
as Principal Boy
Caroline Haigh
as Tree
Florenzio Morgado
as Tree
Victor Kravchenko
as Lion / Coachman
Beryl Hicks
as Fairy
Michele Amas
as Horse
Lucie Alford
as Horse
Penny Wright
as Horse
Jack Armstrong
as Man at Lecture (uncredited)
Adam Caine
as Kid at Train Station (uncredited)
Tony Clarkin
as Thug from Pub (uncredited)
Dave Cooper
as Man in crowd (uncredited)
Chick Fowles
as Man in Pub (uncredited)
Norman Gay
as Doctor (uncredited)
George Holdcroft
as Lecture Assistant (uncredited)
Juba Kennerley
as Committee Member (uncredited)
Jay McGrath
as Man at Lecture (uncredited)
Henry Roberts
as Man at Lecture (uncredited)
Peter Ross-Murray
as Drunken Docker (uncredited)
Kevin Schumm
as Kid at Train Station #2 (uncredited)
Ian Selby
as Courtier (uncredited)
Guy Standeven
as Committee Member (uncredited)
Reg Thomason
as Lecture Assistant (uncredited)


Directing David Lynch Director
Writing David Lynch Screenplay
Sound John Morris Original Music Composer
Camera Freddie Francis Director of Photography
Editing Anne V. Coates Editor
Art Stuart Craig Production Design
Production Maggie Cartier Casting
Costume & Make-Up Patricia Norris Costume Design
Production Jonathan Sanger Producer
Production Mel Brooks Executive Producer
Writing Christopher De Vore Screenplay
Writing Eric Bergren Screenplay
Production Stuart Cornfeld Executive Producer
Art Robert Cartwright Art Direction
Art Hugh Scaife Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Stephanie Kaye Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Wally Schneiderman Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Christopher Tucker Makeup Designer
Production Terence A. Clegg Production Manager
Directing Anthony Waye Assistant Director
Crew Terry Wells Property Master
Art John Roberts Set Designer
Sound Robin Gregory Sound mixer
Sound Peter Horrocks Sound Editor
Sound David Lynch Sound Designer
Crew Alan Splet Special Sound Effects
Sound Terry Sharratt Boom Operator
Crew Graham Longhurst Special Effects
Crew Neil Corbould Special Effects
Crew Paul Corbould Special Effects
Visual Effects Martin Gutteridge Special Effects Supervisor
Crew Garth Inns Special Effects
Camera Frank Connor Still Photographer
Lighting Roy Larner Gaffer
Lighting Wick Finch Electrician
Editing Patrick Moore Assistant Editor
Sound Jack Hayes Orchestrator
Directing Ceri Evans Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Tiny Nicholls Costume Supervisor
Crew Brian Hathaway Transportation Captain

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