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 idea that a fright to a mother can cause deformity in her child, can be found in medical textbooks from the 1950s.
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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