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A biography of John Merrick, a severely deformed man who, with the help of a sympathetic doctor, moved from freak shows into posh London society. Lynch's first mainstream film, shot in black and white, it presents a startlingly vivid picture of the hypocrisies evident in the social mores of the Victorian era. Moving performance from Hurt in title role.

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Available on Running time 125 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Biopics: Science/Medical, Physical Problems, True Stories, Period Piece: 19th Century, Doctors & Nurses, Ethics & Morals, London, 4 Bones
Screenplay
Eric Bergren, Christopher DeVore, David Lynch
Cast
Michael Elphick, Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Kenny Baker
Cinematography
Freddie Francis
Director
David Lynch
Music
John Morris, Samuel Barber
Producer
Paramount Pictures, Jonathan Sanger

Awards

British Acad. 1980: Actor (Hurt), Film; Cesar 1982: Foreign Film.

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