The Elephant Man

I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a man!

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Podcast Release Date:
Nov 22, 2016

David Lynch Series Episode 2

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I am not an animal! I am a human being! That quote from David Lynch’s The Elephant Man has become part of the American lexicon, quoted in literally hundreds of movies and television shows. But what of the film that created the quote? Lynch’s 1980 black and white biopic, his first commercial production, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won many other statues. How does The Elephant Man hold up over 35 years later? Take the bag off your head, put in your earbuds, and join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

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Movie Details

Series
Individual Movie Reviews
Series
David Lynch
Original Title
The Elephant Man
Title
The Elephant Man
Director
David Lynch
Author
Producer
Jonathan Sanger
Writer
Actors
Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, Helen Ryan, John Standing, Dexter Fletcher, Lesley Dunlop, Phoebe Nicholls, Pat Gorman, Kenny Baker, Claire Davenport, Orla Pederson, Patsy Smart, Kathleen Byron, William Morgan Sheppard, Frederick Treves, Richard Hunter, Robert Lewis Bush, Roy Evans, Joan Rhodes, Nula Conwell, Tony London, Alfie Curtis, Bernadette Milnes, Carol Harrison, Hugh Manning, Dennis Burgess, Fanny Carby, Gerald Case, David Ryall, Deirdre Costello, Pauline Quirke, Marcus Powell, Lesley Scoble, Eiji Kusuhara, Patricia Hodge, Tommy Wright, Peter Davidson, John Rapley, Janie Kells, Lydia Lisle, Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore, Harry Fielder, David Lynch, Ralph Morse, Fred Wood, Stromboli, James Cormack, Brenda Kempner, Chris Greener, Gilda Cohen, Teri Scoble, Robert Day, Hugh Spight, Teresa Codling, Marion Betzold, Caroline Haigh, Florenzio Morgado, Victor Kravchenko, Beryl Hicks, Michele Amas, Lucie Alford, Penny Wright, Jack Armstrong, Adam Caine, Tony Clarkin, Dave Cooper, Chick Fowles, Norman Gay, Juba Kennerley, Jay McGrath, Henry Roberts, Kevin Schumm, Ian Selby, Guy Standeven, Reg Thomason
Runtime
2 h 04 min
Release Date
2 October 1980
Genres
Drama, History
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.

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