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Johnny Handsome (1989)

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After being double crossed and thrown in jail, a deformed gangster gets a new face and rehabilitation but his desire for revenge looms.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikey Chalmette
Yvonne Bryceland ...
Sister Luke
Mr. Bonet
J.W. Smith ...
Earl (as Jeff Meek)
Bob Lemoyne
Ed Zang ...
Prestige Manager
Prestige Salesman (as John Fertitta)


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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Release Date:

29 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Handsome - Der schöne Johnny  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The birth date used for Mickey Rourke's John Sedley character, as seen on the monitor in the hospital operating room, is Rourke's actual real-life birthday of September 16th. See more »


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


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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Gripping entertainment
21 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is an engrosssing,pulse pounding thriller. It has depth not often found in many Hollywood movies in its characters. Even though it was made in 1989, this is classic Film-Noir. It has that dark, edgy, disturbing feel that is typically found only in Detective Movies of the 30s and 40s. It reaches down into the dark recesses of the soul and displays them for the audience. The way it plays out is much more in the style of Old Movies. It displays the powerful extremes that come in the nature of Good and Evil. This movie isn't just a simple thrill-ride of a movie, it is powerful, gripping entertainment.

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