Cast and Crew: Frederic Treves (Book The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences); Ashley Montagu (Book The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity); Mel Brooks (Executive Producer); Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Dexter Fletcher, Kenny Baker
What It’s About: The life of John Merrick (John Hurt), a deformed man who appeared in sideshows of the Victorian era as “The Elephant Man”.
Why Watch it Today?: John Merrick died today in 1890. David Lynch’s acclaimed film brings together an excellent cast, with Hammer Studios vet Freddie Francis giving the film a very Universal horror feel, at odds with its moving story of humanity.