History Film / TheElephantMan

26th Jun '17 12:31:26 PM JamesAustin
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Basically, one of the saddest films ever, and one of Creator/DavidLynch's few non-"[[MindScrew omgwhaththehellis]][[SurrealHorror thisaaaaaaaaaI'mscared]]" movies, depicting Joseph (here called John, and played by Creator/JohnHurt) Merrick's struggle to leave an abusive circus sideshow, while meeting Dr. Frederick Treves (Creator/AnthonyHopkins), who takes him out of that place and gets him into the London Hospital, where he--being an educated and kind person but still with the outward appearance of a freak--becomes the focus of London's attention, raising the question: is Merrick just moving from one circus to another?

Also starring Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Anne Bancroft. Creator/DonLaFontaine narrated the trailer, using lines he wrote himself, and called it his favorite of his numerous trailer works. [[Music/MichaelJackson The King of Pop]] often cited it as his favorite movie.

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Basically, one of the saddest films ever, and one of Creator/DavidLynch's few non-"[[MindScrew omgwhaththehellis]][[SurrealHorror thisaaaaaaaaaI'mscared]]" non-MindScrew SurrealHorror movies, depicting Joseph (here called John, and played by Creator/JohnHurt) Merrick's struggle to leave an abusive circus sideshow, while meeting Dr. Frederick Treves (Creator/AnthonyHopkins), who takes him out of that place and gets him into the London Hospital, where he--being an educated and kind person but still with the outward appearance of a freak--becomes the focus of London's attention, raising the question: is Merrick just moving from one circus to another?

Also starring Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Anne Bancroft.Creator/AnneBancroft. Creator/DonLaFontaine narrated the trailer, using lines he wrote himself, and called it his favorite of his numerous trailer works. [[Music/MichaelJackson The King of Pop]] Music/MichaelJackson often cited it as his favorite movie.
2nd Apr '17 7:57:03 PM NWolfman
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* CreepyCircusMusic: The soundtrack (in places), and it's heartbreaking.

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* CreepyCircusMusic: The soundtrack (in places), and Much of John Morris's score. Though it's heartbreaking.not so much "creepy" as it is "heartbreaking."
9th Feb '17 7:14:13 PM Puterboy1
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* AllThereInTheManual: In the novelization by Christine Sparks:
** The film's version of events take place from 1889 to April 1890, a possible explanation for the odd timeline of the film.
** The night porter's name is Jim Renshaw.
28th Jan '17 10:33:41 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* SmarterThanYouLook: Merrick is initially assumed by Treves and the other hospital staff to be an imbecile only capable of understanding basic instructions; the slow revelation that he is a gentle, under-socalized man of normal intelligence comes as a shock. As Treves admits to Fox early on, part of him wanted to believe the assumption because he didn't want to imagine what it would feel like to [[AndIMustScream be cognizant but trapped in such a body]].
14th Sep '16 11:02:53 PM NWolfman
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Also starring Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Anne Bancroft. Creator/DonLaFontaine narrated the trailer, using lines he wrote himself, and called it his favorite of his numerous trailer works. It was famously [[Music/MichaelJackson the King of Pop]]'s favorite movie.

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Also starring Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Anne Bancroft. Creator/DonLaFontaine narrated the trailer, using lines he wrote himself, and called it his favorite of his numerous trailer works. It was famously [[Music/MichaelJackson the The King of Pop]]'s Pop]] often cited it as his favorite movie.
31st Aug '16 9:51:47 PM NWolfman
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Also starring Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Anne Bancroft. Creator/DonLaFontaine narrated the trailer, using lines he wrote himself, and called it his favorite of his numerous trailer works.

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Also starring Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Anne Bancroft. Creator/DonLaFontaine narrated the trailer, using lines he wrote himself, and called it his favorite of his numerous trailer works.
works. It was famously [[Music/MichaelJackson the King of Pop]]'s favorite movie.
8th Jun '16 6:17:01 PM eroock
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Averted.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Averted.Inverted.
5th Mar '16 7:33:07 AM Peridonyx
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** Arguably the entire mob at the train station. Sure, they've ComeToGawk, but once he gives his ShamingTheMob speech, they immediately have a collective HeelRealization and decide to help him out.
* KarmaHoudini: Sadly, we never get to see Bytes get any kind of ass-kicking for his treatment (and eventual abduction) of Merrick.


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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After Merrick's abduction, Treves is absolutely livid, tossing the JerkAss night porter responsible around like a rag doll (and actually trying to kill him in the novelization!).
25th Jan '16 6:36:45 PM WillBGood
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Also starring Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Anne Bancroft. DonLaFontaine narrated the trailer, using lines he wrote himself, and called it his favorite of his numerous trailer works.

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Also starring Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Anne Bancroft. DonLaFontaine Creator/DonLaFontaine narrated the trailer, using lines he wrote himself, and called it his favorite of his numerous trailer works.
3rd Jan '16 3:27:27 PM morenohijazo
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* PassedInTheirSleep: The title character has a large tumor on his face [[BodyHorror that greatly disfigured his face]] and causes him to be [[HumansAreBastards mistreated by the public.]] When he finally [[TemptingFate tries to go to sleep like a normal person]] (laying down instead of upright) he ends up [[TearJerker dislocating his neck as he sleeps and dying.]]
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