The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man (1980)

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

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1980-10-09
  • User Rating: 8.0/10 from 3157 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Brooksfilms
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: David Lynch
star 8.1/10
From 3,157 Ratings


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.

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  • 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
  • Claire Davenport

    as Fat Lady
  • Orla Pederson

    as Skeleton Man
  • Patsy Smart

    as Distraught Woman
  • Frederick Treves

    as Alderman
  • Stromboli

    as Fire Eater
  • Richard Hunter

    as Hodges
  • James Cormack

    as Pierce
  • 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
  • Brenda Kempner

    as 2nd Fighting Woman
  • Carol Harrison

    as Tart
  • Hugh Manning

    as Broadneck
  • Dennis Burgess

    as 1st Committee Man
  • Fanny Carby

    as Mrs. Kendal's Dresser
  • William Morgan Sheppard

    as Man In Pub
  • Kathleen Byron

    as Lady Waddington
  • Gerald Case

    as Lord Waddington
  • David Ryall

    as Man With Whores
  • Deirdre Costello

    as 1st Whore
  • Pauline Quirke

    as 2nd Whore
  • Kenny Baker

    as Plumed Dwarf
  • Chris Greener

    as Giant
  • Marcus Powell

    as Midget
  • Gilda Cohen

    as Midget
  • Lesley Scoble

    as Siamese Twin
  • Teri Scoble

    as Siamese Twin
  • Eiji Kusuhara

    as Japanese Bleeder
  • Robert Day

    as Little Jim
  • Patricia Hodge

    as Screaming Mum
  • Tommy Wright

    as First Bobby
  • Peter Davidson

    as Second Bobby
  • John Rapley

    as King In Panto
  • 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
  • Janie Kells

    as Horse
  • Lydia Lisle

    as Merrick's Mother
  • David Lynch

    as Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited)
  • Harry Fielder

    as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Jack Armstrong

    as Man at Lecture (uncredited)
  • Ralph Morse

    as Young Aristocrat (uncredited)
  • Fred Wood

    as Injured Man (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)
  • Juba Kennerley

    as Committee Member (uncredited)
  • Eric Bergren

    as Lyra Box Player #1 (uncredited)
  • Christopher De Vore

    as Lyra Box Player #2 (uncredited)
  • Jay McGrath

    as Man at Lecture (uncredited)
  • Henry Roberts

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