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THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)
This film, based on the life of Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man who lived in 19th Century London, was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft and John Gielgud. This was Lynch's second film, following "Eraserhead," and his first studio film.
Dr. Frederick Treves (Hopkins) finds John Merrick (Hurt) working as an exhibit in a freak show. Dr. Treves works to change Merrick from an object of derision into a subject of respect.
John Merrick: People are frightened by what they don't understand.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye4YTZOq2fk
Dr. Frederick Treves: Abominable things these machines - you can't reason with them.