One of the most brilliant and touching movies ever made. Beautifully acted drama film based on the story of the real life 19th Century Englishman Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film). The stroy of the film follows John from his squalid existance as a freak show performer who is severely deformed and living a horrible existance, to an improved life in one of London's hospitals. However, even in his rescuer, he remains a freak for others amusement, even as he tries to behave as a human being. Fantastic direction by David Lynch and stellar performances by John Hurt as John Merrick and Anthony Hopkins as the surgeon Frederick Treves. Human nature and frailty is wonderfully played out in black and white, adding wonderfully to the cinematic experience.
Based on the true story of John Merrick, a 19th-century Englishman afflicted with a disfiguring congenital disease. With the help of kindly Dr. Frederick Treves, Merrick attempts to regain the dignity he lost after years spent as a side-show freak.
Best Picture BAFTA Winner 1980.
- Region 4
- Standard Edition