The Elephant Man – Filtered

Theatrical Release: October 10, 1980
DVD Release: December 11, 2001
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Synopsis

Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, a 19th-century Englishman afflicted with a disfiguring congenital disease. With the help of kindly Dr. Frederick Treves, Merrick attempts to regain the dignity he lost after years spent as a side-show freak.

Dove Review

This movie, based on a true story, was full of emotion. For the most part, it is a fairly clean movie, but it does show the Elephant Man getting teased for money, beaten with a cane and publicly displayed as a freak. It was a good reminder that the people we truly are are on the inside of the shells we call the body. It should be noted that the Elephant Man (as he did in true life) went to sleep one night while lying flat on his back- knowing full well that he would suffocate.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Elephant Man beaten with a cane, people teasing him for money.
Sex: Woman forced to kiss the Elephant Man, guy is with a woman-nothing shown.
Language: None
Violence: Elephant Man beaten with a cane, people teasing him for money.
Drugs: Guy drinks whiskey and then forces it on the Elephant Man.
Nudity: None
Other: None

Info

Company: Paramount
Writer: Christopher De Vore and David Lynch
Director: David Lynch
Producer: Jonathan Sanger
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 124 min.
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor