United Kingdom: October 16 1980
United States: October 10 1980
Ranking: 6,994 out of 15,712 movies (up 687)
Ranked #197 in list 'The best movies ever'
Based on a true story, the film examines the complex emotional experiences faced by John Merrick. "The Elephant Man", when he is discovered by a dedicated surgeon. Rescued from his degrading life as a circus freak, Merrick is given a chance to live his last years with comfort, respect, and dignity.