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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
Laurence Luckinbill ...
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 ...
Painter
Kirchy Prescott ...
Nurse
John Allen Vick ...
First Cab Driver
Dan Leegant ...
Second Cab Driver
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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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

Nancy's hair color changes after the accident. 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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Oh God, I actually sort of like this movie...
6 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

In 1979, I was 14, and I can remember that this was the big movie that all the kids at school wanted to see. I actually remember loving it then. Years later, all I can do at the age of 37 is cringe with embarrassment that I actually still like this thing.

How unrealistic can you get? With the exception of some make up and hair manipulation, there really is no difference between the Nancy and Marie faces. Most of the change is effected through Quinlin's acting ability (as well suddenly changing her wardrobe to the 70's disco chic that was popular at the time). It's not the only lapse in reality in the film, but it's by far the biggest. It takes a great deal of work on the part of Quinlan, Collins, and Straight to get you to come anywhere near believing the difference exists.

Laurence Luckinbill plays a truly predictable character as the Pygmalionesque doctor who creates the physical Marie. His character is more or less a plot device (as is Bibi Besch's), and his performance reflects it. On the other hand, Beatrice Straight (who was always one of the most underrated actresses in the business) gives a fantastic performance as Michael's mother. Her face says it all when she runs out of the hospital room and the impact of the lie that she has just told hits her.

Gibert Cates, who unfortunately has not been able to truly repeat his critical success in "I Never Sang for my Father", at least tries to do something with the script. It is hard, however, when the story is basically formula and schmaltz. In the end, it is Quinlan, Collins, and Straight who succeed in getting the film to rise above it. Their performances get you to continue to watch and find something good even though you really want to hate it.


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