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Sex & Nudity

  • None, except for a drunken man kissing a woman.There are one or two scenes that show John Merrick without clothes, albeit in silhouette.

Violence & Gore

  • Scenes of emotional, mental and some physical abuse. John Merrick is kicked and beaten with rods. He is also tormented by strangers and when he is exhibited at a freak show. There are also scenes of Dr Frederick Treves performing surgery; since the film is in black and white, the blood isn't as noticeable.


  • Few words like d*** and bas****

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Scenes of drinking and a scene with a drunken mob.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The main character has an extremely deformed appearance that many could find disturbing. However, the film makes a point of showing how he is a very good and gentle man despite his affliction.
  • There is one scene where John Merrick gets harrassed by a mob; they force alcohol into him and treat him like a toy.
  • In a traumatic dream scene, Merrick is kicked with a drowning noise in the background.
  • There is a scene where Merrick gets locked up in a cage with some screaming monkeys.
  • During the final minutes there is an intense scene at the train station where an angry mob chases Merrick.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • A cruel hospital caretaker dares a drunken woman to kiss Mr. Merrick's deformed lips. More disturbing than sexual.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene with the elephant and the woman crying and screaming is very disturbing

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