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The Elephant Man

+ pre-recorded intro by director Prano Bailey-Bond

David Lynch’s take on the rise of Joseph Merrick is sure to give you all the feels on the big screen.

Image from The Elephant Man + pre-recorded intro by director Prano Bailey-Bond

USA-UK 1980
Dir David Lynch
With John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud
124min
Digital
Certificate PG

John 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.