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THE ELEPHANT MAN

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 123m 25s

Release date 13/03/2020

Ratings Info moderate threat, upsetting scenes, injury detail

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) David Lynch

Cast includes Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, Helen Ryan, John Standing, Dexter Fletcher, Lesley Dunlop, Frederick Treves, Stromboli, Deirdre Costello, Pauline Quirk, Patricia Hodge

Summary THE ELEPHANT MAN is a drama, based on a true story, about the life of a man living in Victorian London who has a facial disfigurement.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 03/03/2020

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE ELEPHANT MAN is a drama, based on a true story, about the life of a man living in Victorian London who has a facial disfigurement.

Threat and horror

There is a prolonged sequence in which a disfigured man is humiliated by a crowd of people. Women are pushed towards his bed, a man forces him to consume alcohol, and another uses a mirror to draw attention to his appearance. There are also scenes set in a Victorian "freak show" in which a showman bullies and beats the disfigured man. In other sequences, the man is chased and corned in a station toilet, and a woman is impressionistically attacked and trampled by a herd of elephants but without visible injury detail.

Injury detail

An operation is performed on a man whose chest is badly burned. In another scene two women fight in a pub, resulting in cut and bloodied faces.

There are discriminatory references to a man's physical deformity, including being described as a "freak" and "a monster". However, these references are not condoned by the film as a whole. There is also infrequent mild bad language ('bastard').

Details

Title
THE ELEPHANT MAN
Year
2020
Distributor(s)
Studio Canal
Classified date(s)
05/02/2020
Main language
English
Submitted run time
123m 25s
Approved footage
11107+8
BBFC reference
BFF029503
Registration number
CFJ49837

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