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A rich student's fiancee has her face destroyed by a car accident, and refuses to return to him fearing the loss of his love.

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Nancy McAllister / Marie Adamson
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Michael Hillyard
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Marion Hillyard
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Dr. Peter Gregson
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George Calloway
Michael O'Hare ...
Ben Avery
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Dr. Faye Allison
Robin Gammell ...
Doctor Wickfield
Katherine De Hetre ...
Wendy Lester
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Doctor Fenton
Tom O'Neill ...
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Kirchy Prescott ...
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John Allen Vick ...
First Cab Driver
Dan Leegant ...
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Jerry Walter ...
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Storyline

Two college students, one from a rich background, and the other from a poor one, decide to elope. They are involved in a serious car wreck, with the young girl's face severely injured. In order to get the necessary surgery, the mother of the young man injured in the accident offers a deal to the young woman - to stay out of her son's life permanently, and in return, get the plastic surgery to restore her face. What comes after that is something none of them expected. Written by Marinelle K. Szenasy

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A haunting story of love and betrayal.

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Drama

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6 December 1979 (Finland)  »

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Face of a Stranger  »

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Trivia

This was the last movie to play a regular engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City,New York. See more »

Goofs

Pattern of blood on Michael's lip changes repeatedly during his fist fight with Gregson. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Mike? Happy Birthday, hooligan!
Michael: Yeah, that's right, my day all day.
Ben: Hey, you know who else's birthday it is? I read it in the San Francisco Chronicle. Julius Ceasar!
Michael: Julius Caesar! How the hell do they know?
Ben: Because they are fiendishly clever, man!
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Remade as Yeh Vaada Raha (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song - The Promise - (I'll Never Say Goodbye)
Lyrics by'Alan Bergman' (as Alan) and Marilyn Bergman
Music by David Shire
Sung by Melissa Manchester
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This one will engage your emotions
10 February 2001 | by (Lansdowne, VA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on TV about 15 years ago. It has haunted me ever since, in part because of the story itself, and in part because the editors bungled their job and nearly destroyed what could have been a truly great film. What they gave us instead is a good film with a great story line. It is that story, along with the acting ability of Kathleen Quinlan and Steven Collins, that saves the film. If you have not read Danielle Steele's adaptation of the original screen play, do so. It will fill in some of the answers to the questions left open by the insensitivity of the film's editors.

This is a love story, and a good one, about two individuals whose love for each other is pure and true and ultimately stands the test of both time and tragedy. If that makes it syrup, then so be it. I like it. I wish I could get a DVD edition of this movie.

A movie does not have to be full of vulgar language and gratuitous sex to be good; it doesn't have to be filled with blood and guts and action sequences; and thank God this one has none of the above. Without resorting to the seamer side of life, this story will engage your emotions and embed itself in your mind and your soul, leaving an impression that can last a lifetime. This alone is enough to make it a movie worth two hours of your time.

If you have not seen this movie, try to find a copy of it. After viewing it, I think you will agree that this movie has been underrated by the IMDB rating system.


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