2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (36 pages : illustrations).
Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
Based on the books "The elephant man and other reminiscences" by Sir Frederick Treves, and "The elephant man : a study in human dignity" by Ashley Montagu.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1980.
Director of photography, Freddie Francis ; editor, Anne V. Coates ; composer, John Morris ; production design by Stuart Craig ; costume designer, Patricia Norris.
Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller.
When the London surgeon Frederick Treves meets the freak-show performer John Merrick, who has severe skeletal and soft tissue deformities, he assumes that he must be intellectually disabled as well. As the two men spend more time together, though, Merrick reveals the intelligence, gentle nature, and profound sense of dignity that lie beneath his shocking appearance, and he and Treves develop a friendship.
Film classification in Québec: General (not suitable for young children).
English version only ; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
BAFTA Awards (best film, best production design/art direction), 1981.
British society of cinematographers (best cinematography award), 1981.
César Awards, France (best foreign film), 1982.
French syndicate of cinema critics (best foreign film), 1982.