The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man (1980)

Continuity mistake: At a meeting to do with the hospital's dealings, one man, Mr Broadbeck, objects to the Elephant Man being a patient in the hospital - in the beginning he is wearing spectacles, but, a few seconds later, the spectacles are gone.

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Deliberate mistake: Joseph (John) Merrick's speech was never as audible as shown in the film, and several operations were needed before he could speak at all. Even after that, Frederick Treves often had to "translate" what Merrick said because the majority of people still had problems understanding him. [Probably changed to simplify the storytelling, but still inaccurate].

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David Mercier

Continuity mistake: The period of time this movie portrays about Merrick, was in real life a period of seven years. In real life, Merrick's deformations were not so 'big' at 21, and at the date of dying, they were larger than portrayed in the movie. In the movie his deformations never seem to enlarge.

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Trivia: Mel Brooks was Executive Producer but was uncredited so people wouldn't think the movie was a comedy.

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William Bergquist

Trivia: The "Best Make-Up" Academy Award was created after the outcry that this film didn't receive an award for make-up (which was a special award at the time).

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Trivia: The actor playing Alderman is actually named Frederick Treves, though he is not the same as the Treves who wrote the book.

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John Merrick: No! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I. Am... A man!

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