The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Philip Anglim
Director: Jack Hofsiss Cast: Philip Anglim
Philip Anglim
, Kevin Conway
Kevin Conway
, Penny Fuller
Penny Fuller
Jack Hofsiss


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This TV adaptation of Bernard Pomerance's play The Elephant Man differs radically from the 1980 theatrical film of the same name. Both are based upon the same true story: that of John Merrick (1863-1890), an unfortunate citizen of Victorian England who suffered from neurofibromatosis, a hideously deforming disease that all but condemned him to a lifetime of circus sideshows. Though he remained trapped in his misshapen body, Merrick was intellectually and emotionally liberated by London physician Frederick Treves, whose sensitive treatment of the "Elephant Man" unlocked the soul beneath his horrific appearance. But whereas the film was graphically realistic in its use of makeup, the TV version follows the precedent set by Pomerance's play: John Merrick's deformity is conveyed purely through the vocal and physical contortions of actor Philip Anglim, repeating his Broadway role. Also carried over from the stage version is Kevin Conway as Dr. Treves. The TV version of The Elephant Man was telecast as an ABC Theatre of the Month special on January 4, 1982.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2014
UPC: 0853765005243
Original Release: 1980
Rating: NR
Source: Scorpion Releasing
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 31,483

Special Features

On camera interviews with star Kevin Conway and director Jack Hofsiss

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Elephant Man
1. Chapter 1 [6:06]
2. Chapter 2 [4:48]
3. Chapter 3 [4:35]
4. Chapter 4 [2:32]
5. Chapter 5 [4:29]
6. Chapter 6 [9:08]
7. Chapter 7 [6:11]
8. Chapter 8 [11:04]
9. Chapter 9 [10:54]
10. Chapter 10 [11:15]
11. Chapter 11 [10:26]
12. Chapter 12 [5:44]
13. Chapter 13 [8:32]

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