A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, 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.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 4m

Budget $5,000,000.00

Revenue $26,010,864.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • October 3, 1980
    PG, Theatrical



Cast 53

  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

  6. Freddie Jones
  7. Michael Elphick

    Michael Elphick
    Night Porter

  8. John Standing

    John Standing
    Dr. Fox

  9. Phoebe Nicholls

    Phoebe Nicholls
    Merrick's Mother

  10. Kenny Baker

    Kenny Baker
    Plumed Dwarf

  11. HR

    Helen Ryan
    Princess Alex

  12. John Standing
  13. Dexter Fletcher

    Dexter Fletcher
    Bytes' Boy

  14. Lesley Dunlop
  15. Pat Gorman

    Pat Gorman
    Fairground Bobby

  16. Claire Davenport
  17. OP

    Orla Pederson
    Skeleton Man

  18. PS

    Patsy Smart
    Patsy Smart

  19. Kathleen Byron

    Kathleen Byron
    Lady Waddington

  20. William Morgan Sheppard
  21. Hannah Gordon

    Hannah Gordon
    Mrs. Anne Treves

  22. FT
  23. RH
  24. RL
  25. RE

    Roy Evans

  26. JR
  27. NC

    Nula Conwell
    Nurse Kathleen

  28. TL

    Tony London
    Young Porter

  29. Alfie Curtis

    Alfie Curtis

  30. BM

    Bernadette Milnes
    1st Fighting Woman

  31. CH
  32. HM

    Hugh Manning

  33. DB

    Dennis Burgess
    1st Committee Man

  34. FC

    Fanny Carby
    Mrs. Kendal's Dresser

  35. GC

    Gerald Case
    Lord Waddington

  36. David Ryall

    David Ryall
    Man With Whores

  37. DC

    Deirdre Costello
    1st Whore

  38. Pauline Quirke

    Pauline Quirke
    2nd Whore

  39. Marcus Powell
  40. LS

    Lesley Scoble
    Siamese Twin

  41. EK

    Eiji Kusuhara
    Japanese Bleeder

  42. Patricia Hodge

    Patricia Hodge
    Screaming Mum

  43. TW

    Tommy Wright
    First Bobby

  44. PD

    Peter Davidson
    Second Bobby

  45. JR

    John Rapley
    King In Panto

  46. JK
  47. LL

    Lydia Lisle
    Merrick's Mother

  48. EB

    Eric Bergren
    Lyra Box Player #1 (uncredited)

  49. CD

    Christopher De Vore
    Lyra Box Player #2 (uncredited)

  50. Harry Fielder

    Harry Fielder
    Policeman (uncredited)

  51. David Lynch

    David Lynch
    Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited)

  52. RM

    Ralph Morse
    Young aristocrat (uncredited)

  53. Fred Wood

    Fred Wood
    Injured Man (uncredited)

Crew 40


  1. SC

    Stuart Craig
    Production Design

  2. RC

    Robert Cartwright
    Art Direction

  3. HS

    Hugh Scaife
    Set Decoration

  4. JR

    John Roberts
    Set Designer


  1. Freddie Francis

    Freddie Francis
    Director of Photography

  2. FC

    Frank Connor
    Still Photographer

Costume & Make-Up

  1. Patricia Norris

    Patricia Norris
    Costume Design

  2. SK

    Stephanie Kaye

  3. WS

    Wally Schneiderman
    Makeup Artist

  4. CT

    Christopher Tucker
    Makeup Designer

  5. TN

    Tiny Nicholls
    Costume Supervisor


  1. TW

    Terry Wells
    Property Master

  2. AS

    Alan Splet
    Special Sound Effects

  3. GL

    Graham Longhurst
    Special Effects

  4. NC

    Neil Corbould
    Special Effects

  5. PC

    Paul Corbould
    Special Effects

  6. GI

    Garth Inns
    Special Effects

  7. BH

    Brian Hathaway
    Transportation Captain


  1. David Lynch

    David Lynch

  2. Anthony Waye

    Anthony Waye
    Assistant Director

  3. CE

    Ceri Evans
    Script Supervisor


  1. AV
  2. PM

    Patrick Moore
    Assistant Editor


  1. RL

    Roy Larner

  2. WF

    Wick Finch


  1. MC
  2. Jonathan Sanger

    Jonathan Sanger

  3. Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks
    Executive Producer

  4. Stuart Cornfeld

    Stuart Cornfeld
    Executive Producer

  5. TA

    Terence A. Clegg
    Production Manager


  1. JM

    John Morris
    Original Music Composer

  2. RG

    Robin Gregory
    Sound mixer

  3. PH

    Peter Horrocks
    Sound Editor

  4. David Lynch

    David Lynch
    Sound Designer

  5. TS

    Terry Sharratt
    Boom Operator

  6. JH

    Jack Hayes

Visual Effects

  1. MG

    Martin Gutteridge
    Special Effects Supervisor


  1. David Lynch

    David Lynch

  2. EB

    Eric Bergren

  3. CD

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