The Elephant Man script
Synopsis: Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the "Elephant Man." Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.


A wicked birth...

After a moment, Treves quietly leaves the inner chamber.

As he pushes his way through the corridor, the noise grows

and becomes a cacophony of strange sounds. He exits and hears

a booming roar and the rush of air as a series of twelve

candles, mounted in a row on a ten-foot stand, are blown out

by "THE INCREDIBLE WIND-MAN." His BARKER steps up and talks

to the people.


Ladies and Gentlemen, his lungs are

larger than this mammoth blacksmith's

bellows. So great is his power of

exhalation, rivaling even that of

the Great North Wind, that he will

now challenge two grown men to attempt

to hold the bellows shut as he applies

the mighty blast of his herculean

breath! Are there any volunteers?

A few people raise their hands. The Barker scans the crowd

and then points over the heads of the volunteers to TWO MEN

toward the back.


Ah! I see two likely lads! Come

forward! Come forward! Pit your

strength against the Mighty Wind-


During the above, The Incredible Wind-Man removes his cape,

revealing his great barrel chest and pot-belly supported by

spindly, white, hairless legs.

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David Lynch

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or mystify" audiences. more…

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