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The Elephant Man (1982)

A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.


Jack Hofsiss


Steve Lawson (adaptation), Bernard Pomerance (play)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Anglim ... John Merrick
Kevin Conway ... Frederick Treves
Penny Fuller ... Mrs. Kendal
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Carr Gomm
Glenn Close ... Princess Alexandra
Jarlath Conroy Jarlath Conroy ... Will
Rex Everhart ... Snork
Christopher Hewett ... Ross
William Hutt William Hutt ... Bishop How
Charlotte Moore ... Miss Sandwich
Josephine Nichols Josephine Nichols ... Countess
David Rounds David Rounds ... Lord John
Veronica Castang Veronica Castang ... Pinhead
William Duff-Griffin William Duff-Griffin ... Conductor
Joe Grifasi ... Pinhead Manager
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A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.

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Did You Know?


Philip Anglim was nominated for the 1979 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The Elephant Man" and recreated his role in this production. See more »


Version of The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

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Brilliant beyond words !!
11 August 2013 | by dianespiveySee all my reviews

When I saw this TV film I was totally blown away by Philip Anglim's stunning performance. The fact that he could portray Merrick's grotesque appearance WITHOUT the aid of a massive bodily make-over, but only by his ability to contort his body and facial expressions shows what an accomplished actor he is.

It kind of reminds me of the little boy who was commenting on "listening" to the radio when he said, "The pictures are better! (A PBR commercial.) Yes, indeed, our imaginations are miraculous and Anglim's astounding portrayal of the "elephant" man proves the miracle. BRAVO!!

I hope to find this on DVD somewhere, as it certainly should be in everyone's film library!

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4 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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ABC Theatre of the Month: The Elephant Man See more »

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