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John Hurt

The Elephant Man

+ Q&A with producer Jonathan Sanger

In this brilliant David Lynch drama, John Hurt plays a deformed man thrust into high society.

Image from The Elephant Man + Q&A with producer Jonathan Sanger

USA-UK 1980
Dir David Lynch
With John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud
Certificate PG

Hurt, transformed by 12 hours of incredible make-up, plays the real-life Joseph Merrick (re-named John for the film). Rescued from a freak show by Dr Frederick Treves, Merrick finds himself subjected to similar morbid curiosity by the medical profession and members of Victorian high society. Hurt’s quietly magnificent performance, combined with an extraordinary depiction of Victorian London, provides a haunting and memorable tour de force from director David Lynch.

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