Overview

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

  1. David Lynch

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Eric Bergren

    Screenplay

  3. Christopher De Vore

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Anthony Hopkins

    Anthony Hopkins

    Dr. Frederick Treves

  2. John Hurt

    John Hurt

    John Merrick

  3. Anne Bancroft

    Anne Bancroft

    Mrs. Kendal

  4. John Gielgud

    John Gielgud

    Carr Gomm

  5. Wendy Hiller

    Wendy Hiller

    Mothershead

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Status Released

Release Information

  • October 2, 1980
    PG
    Premiere

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

  • October 3, 1980
    PG
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 4m

Budget $5,000,000.00

Revenue $26,010,864.00

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