PG | | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
The Elephant Man make-up took seven to eight hours to apply each day, and two hours to remove. Sir John Hurt would arrive on set at 5:00 a.m., and shoot from noon until 10:00 p.m. Because of the strain on the actor, he worked alternate days.
Get rid of them! I don't want to see them!
Fat Lady: Darling, don't be difficult! Let's take our sweet lovely children on an outing.
In the film Joseph befriends Dr Treves before he is kidnapped and taken to Belgium. In real life Joseph never met Treves until he was rescued by police from a train station in London as was shown in the film.
Closing disclaimer: This has been based upon the true life story of John Merrick, known as The Elephant Man, and not upon the Broadway play of the same title or any other fictional account.
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