The Elephant Man Poster

Release Date: 1980

PG|2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary
Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.

Cast: John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon

Director: David Lynch

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: London, Wife, Doctor, Transformation, Inspiring

Awards

Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role