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.
Joseph "John" Merrick (Sir John Hurt) is held prisoner by Mr. Bytes, played by Freddie Jones. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), Olivander (Hurt again) is held prisoner by the Malfoys, but rescued by Dobby, played by Toby Jones, Freddie's son.
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.
Although it claims to be based on non-fictional writings and primary sources, the movie is full of historical inaccuracies and fictionalized incidents, starting with the fact that Merrick's first name was actually Joseph, not John.
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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