Актеры: Anthony Hopkins (as Dr. Frederick Treves), John Hurt (as John Merrick), Anne Bancroft (as Mrs. Kendal), John Gielgud (as Carr Gomm), Wendy Hiller (as Mothershead), Freddie Jones (as Bytes), Michael Elphick (as Night Porter), Hannah Gordon (as Mrs. Anne Treves), Helen Ryan (I) (as Princess Alex), John Standing (I) (as Dr. Fox), Dexter Fletcher (as Bytes's Boy), Lesley Dunlop (as Nora), Phoebe Nicholls (as Merrick's Mother), Pat Gorman (as Fairground Bobby), Claire Davenport (as Fat Lady)
Описание: Трогательная до слез, местами просто душераздирающая история человека по имени Джон Меррик (Херт), который был известен как Человек-слон, из-за его неописуемого уродства, вызванного болезнью. Его избивал и показывал за деньги на ярамарке жестокий негодяй, пользуясь его абсолютной беззащитностью и кротостью. Доктор Тревес (Хопкинс) увидел уродца и решил заняться им. Он привез его в больницу, и со временем научный интерес сменился искренней жалостью и сочувствием. Джон Меррик не был идиотом, он умел читать и писать, был умен и духовен, и хотя был неизлечим, его оставили в больнице навсегда, так как о истории несчастного узнали сильные мира сего - сама королева благословила решение комитета врачей. Какое-то время к нему из болезненного любопытства стекались посетители, а потом бывший владелец выкрал его и увез на материк, откуда ему помогли бежать другие карлики и уродцы. Поставлен фильм по реальным фактам. Великолепно передана атмосфера викторианского Лондона. Блестящая операторская работа (в черно-белом) Фредди Фрэнсиса. (Иванов М.)
Рецензии: This was definitely a very interesting movie, and to think it's based on a true story makes it very touching. There are many notable things about this film that make it so good. I have to be honest though, I'm less than thrilled about the director. I've now only seen two David Lynch movies and I hated the other one that I saw ("Wild At Heart"). There were a number of things that I thought could have definitely been directed better or just seemed out of place in the film, but I'm not going to let that ruin the movie for me. I'm very curious as to why David Lynch decided to make this film in black and white. I know a lot of people love black and white, but to me it just seems to take away from the realism of it. Also, to me it's basically having the technology to make it better and not using it. But in any case, it didn't really bother me, I still enjoyed the film immensely.
The story is actually very moving and it really makes you think about how much you take for granted in life. The acting is just great, you can't really go wrong with Anthony Hopkins, and John Hurt pulls off a great performance. I was very happy to see Kenny Baker in the film, he's probably best known as R2-D2 in the Star Wars series. In case you don't know, he's the guy inside R2-D2 controlling him. The pacing is very good and does a great job of getting you interested in the story.
There isn't really much else I can say other than it's definitely a good film, and you should see it if you haven't already. Oh, and I should also say something about the make-up. I thought John Hurt (John Merrick aka The Elephant Man) had some incredible make-up on for the part, and it just really impressed me. I hope you enjoy the film as much as I do. Thanks for reading.