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The Elephant Man (1980)


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5 out of 10 Heartbreaking biography
Lynne from Dublin, 30 Jul 2010
So sad to see society treat a disabled but otherwise brilliant man so abominably. David Lynch handles the story of Joseph Merrick beautifully but somewhat inaccurately, I suppose for cinematic purposes. The setting of gritty 19th century London further highlights just how much this man had to suffer. A must-see if you're interested in discovering society's downfall but one man's everlasting optimism.
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4 out of 10 The intelligent monster
Pia from Cork, 11 May 2010
I actually didn't realize this was an old black and white film and was nearly going to turn it off after the first few minutes. I'm happy I didn't though as the story has a big heart. The elephant man is a very tragic tale of an intelligent and gentle man living inside a body straight from a freak show. If you're not bothered with the black and whiteness and old fashioned style it's worth watching.
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3.5 out of 10 Elephant man
Bryan from Wexford, 23 Apr 2009
I liked this film a lot, heard it was very good and wasn't sure what to expect. Hopkins is class and this is film is based on a true story which makes it even more interesting. This film shows the best and the worst side of people.
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4.5 out of 10 A quality oldie
Enda from Galway, 23 Sep 2009
A surprisingly good film!
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What's it about....
David Lynch, creator of Twin Peaks and acclaimed director of 'Eraserhead', 'Blue Velvet' and 'Wild At Heart', directs this bizarre but true story of courage and human dignity. John Hurt gives the performance of a lifetime as John Merrick, the worst "freak" known to Victorian medical science, a man whose body is hideously distorted into a grotesque parody of an elephant. Rescued from a travelling freak show by Sir Frederick Treves, Merrick gradually reveals himself to...

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