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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.

Director:

Jack Hofsiss

Writers:

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

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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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Biography | Drama

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Philip Anglim and Kevin Conway recreated their original Broadway performances. This television version followed The Elephant Man (1980), the movie version of the same subject, by just two years. See more »

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Totally Amazing!
27 December 2001 | by gretchkuhnSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this TV movie when it was first run.

I was about 10 when it was on, and I was TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY with PHILIP ANGLIM's performance as JOHN MERRICK, aka the Elephant Man...

As much as I love David Lynch's (1980) movie with the absolutely adorable ANTHONY HOPKINS as FREDERICK TREVES and JOHN HURT as JOHN MERRICK, it was PHILIP ANGLIM's performance TOTALLY VOID OF COSMETICS, PROTHESTICS, AND OTHER MAKE-UP, THAT BLEW ME AWAY!!!

Philip Anglim ACTUALLY CONTORTED HIMSELF TO SUCH A DEGREE, THAT I THOUGHT THAT HE WAS A PRETZEL!!!!! THAT THERE WAS NO WAY THAT HE CAN UNTANGLE HIMSELF!!!

To tell you the truth, I was so impressed with Philip's performance, that I honestly DO NOT REMEMBER any other performance here, despite the fact that both GLENN CLOSE! and CHRISTOPHER HEWITT! (Mr. Belvedere) were both in the show!!!

I would venture a 99.44% chance that it was this performance that made me fascinated with the story of John Merrick.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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