Elephant Man Soundtrack (

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Rating: 8.20/10 from 257000 votes
Tags: dignity, human exploitation
Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

El hombre elefante

Title in Italiano:

The Elephant Man

Title in Português:

O Homem Elefante

Title in Français:

Elephant Man

Title in Türk:

Fil Adam

Title in Deutsch:

Der Elefantenmensch


In Victorian London, Dr. Frederick Treves with the London Hospital comes across a circus sideshow attraction run by a man named Bytes called "The Elephant Man".

In actuality, the creature on display is indeed a man, twenty-one-year-old Joseph "John" Merrick, who has several physical deformities, including an oversized and disfigured skull, and an oversized and disfigured right shoulder.

Brutish Bytes, his "owner", only wants whatever he can get economically by presenting Merrick as a freak.

Treves manages to bring Merrick under his care at the hospital, not without several of its own obstacles, including being questioned by those in authority since Merrick cannot be cured.

Treves initially believes Bytes' assertion that mute Merrick is an imbecile, but ultimately learns that Merrick can speak and is a well-read and articulate man.

As news of Merrick hits the London newspapers, he becomes a celebrated curiosity amongst London's upper class, including with Mrs. Kendal, a famed actress.

Despite treated much more humanely, the question becomes whether Treves' actions are a further exploitation of Merrick.

And as Merrick becomes more famous, others try to get their two-cents worth from who still remains a curiosity and a freak to most, including to Bytes, who has since lost his meal ticket.

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Elephant Man
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
London Symphony Orchestra: Performer
André Previn: Conducted
Samuel Barber: Composer

User reviews

Laura Evans

The incorporation of operatic vocals in certain tracks adds a sense of grandeur and theatricality to the film, reflecting Merrick's newfound celebrity status.

Matthew Scott

The main theme of the soundtrack evokes a sense of empathy and compassion towards John Merrick, drawing the audience into his world of isolation and suffering.

Brian Hall

The soundtrack of Elephant Man is hauntingly beautiful, capturing the emotional depth of the story with its melancholic melodies.

Susan Mitchell

Overall, the soundtrack of Elephant Man is a powerful and evocative accompaniment to the film, enhancing the emotional journey of its characters and leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

Betty Smith

The soundtrack's use of silence in key moments enhances the impact of Merrick's inability to speak, highlighting the communication barriers he faces.

Emily Davis

The music during the scenes at the circus sideshow effectively conveys the sense of exploitation and cruelty experienced by Merrick at the hands of Bytes.

Brian Gonzalez

The use of classical music in the soundtrack adds a layer of sophistication and elegance to the film, contrasting with the harsh realities faced by the characters.