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Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette, and another couple (Sunny Boid and Rafe Garrett). During the heist, Johnny and ... See full summary »

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Vic Dumask
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Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette, and another couple (Sunny Boid and Rafe Garrett). During the heist, Johnny and Mikey are double-crossed by Sunny and Rafe---Mikey is killed and Johnny sent to prison. While in prison, Johnny is invited to a rehabilitation program, where Dr. Steven Fischer rebuilds Johnny's face and helps Johnny get paroled. Johnny starts working in a shipyard, where he meets Donna McCarty and starts a romance. Lt. A.Z. Drones is a skeptical detective who follows the rehabilitation of Johnny. Johnny's new life is consumed by the desire of payback. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They changed his looks, his life and his future... but they couldn't change his past. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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29 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un rostro sin pasado  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,237,794 (USA)
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Three taglines of John Godley's source "The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome" book were: "A Novel of Suspense", "A High-Tension Suspense Stunner" and "He was an ex-con from nowhere - with a plan for a million dollar hit". See more »

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During the graveyard scene, Larry "pumps" the action on a double barreled shotgun. See more »

Quotes

Vic Dumask: I don't know you, Mr. Mitchell. What can I do for you?
John 'Johnny Handsome' Sedley: A laundry service. Could be five million dollars worth.
Vic Dumask: That sounds illegal.
John 'Johnny Handsome' Sedley: [sotto voce] It is.
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Excellent revenge movie.
7 October 2000 | by (u.s.a.) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was first released and then again recently, and liked it even more the second time. It's a very bleak, violent film about a deformed crook nicknamed Johnny Handsome. The film starts off with a botched robbery, two evil criminals (played with relish by Ellen Barkin and Lance Hendrickson) kill Johnny's old friend and leave Johnny to get arrested. While in prison, a friendly doctor gives Johnny the opportunity to get facial reconstructive surgery, and a chance at a new life. But all he wants is revenge.

All of the actors in the film are great, Mickey Rourke's sullen and mysterious Johnny, Morgan Freeman as the detective who won't buy that Johnny has reformed, and best of all Barkin and Hendrickson as two criminals who seem to dislike each other as much as they dislike everyone else.

My rating 8/10


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