A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.
- Genre: Drama, History
- Studio: Paramount, StudioCanal, Brooksfilms
- Keyword: exploitation, biography, based on true story, hospital, curiosity, sideshow, disfigurement, physical deformity, freak, 19th century, dignity
- Cast: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones