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The Late Film: The Elephant Man


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starring John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones
1884. Frederick Treves, an ambitious young London surgeon, is intrigued by a sideshow freak billed as the 'Elephant Man' and, after the exhibition is closed by the police, pays the owner for a private viewing. To his amazement, he finds behind the appallingly disfigured and brutalised exhibit, an intelligent and sensitive person whose rehabilitation he undertakes. Treves's efforts to reconcile society with Merrick is the subject of this true story of courage in the most terrible circumstances, with John Hurt brilliantly portraying the trapped soul within the 'Elephant Man'.


Screenplay: Eric Bergren
Screenplay: Christopher de Vore
Screenplay: David Lynch
Producer: Jonathan Sanger
Director: David Lynch
Frederick Treves: Anthony Hopkins
John Merrick: John Hurt
Mrs Madge Kendal: Anne Bancroft
Carr Gomm: John Gielgud
Mothershead: Wendy Hiller
Bytes: Freddie Jones
Night porter: Michael Elphick
Mrs Treves: Hannah Gordon
Princess Alex: Helen Ryan
Fox: John Standing
Bytes's boy: Dexter Fletcher

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The Late Film: The Elephant Man

BBC One London, 6 March 1987 22.25

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