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Writers (WGA):
John Godey (novel)
Ken Friedman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 September 1989 (USA) See more »
Revenge has a new face See more »
Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mickey Rourke ... John 'Johnny Handsome' Sedley / Johnny Mitchell

Ellen Barkin ... Sunny Boyd

Elizabeth McGovern ... Donna McCarty

Morgan Freeman ... Lt. A.Z. Drones

Forest Whitaker ... Dr. Steven Fisher

Lance Henriksen ... Rafe Garrett

Scott Wilson ... Mikey Chalmette

David Schramm ... Vic Dumask
Yvonne Bryceland ... Sister Luke

Peter Jason ... Mr. Bonet
J.W. Smith ... Larry

Jeffrey Meek ... Earl (as Jeff Meek)

Allan Graf ... Bob Lemoyne
Ed Zang ... Prestige Manager

John P. Fertitta ... Prestige Salesman (as John Fertitta)

Raynor Scheine ... Gun Dealer
Edward Walsh ... Judge
Jim Burk ... Prison Guard

Ken Medlock ... Shipyard Accountant
Gieg Duncombe ... Accounting Secretary (as Gie-G Duncombe)
Richard E. Butler ... Shipyard Security Guard (as Dick Butler)

Blake Clark ... Sheriff Monte
Eugenia Ives ... Nurse
Tulla Cove ... Dancer
Connie Lemoine ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marina Anderson ... Nurse (uncredited)

A. David Burleigh ... Shipyard Worker #3 (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hill 
Writing credits
John Godey (novel "The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome")

Ken Friedman (screenplay)

Produced by
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Ted Kurdyla .... associate producer
Charles Roven .... producer
Bruce Rubenstein .... assistant producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... executive producer (as Andrew Vajna)
Mae Woods .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ry Cooder 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti 
Film Editing by
Donn Aron 
Carmel Davies 
Freeman A. Davies 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
Production Design by
Gene Rudolf 
Art Direction by
Christa Munro 
Troy Sizemore 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
Airick Kredell 
Costume Design by
Dan Moore 
Makeup Department
Ken Diaz .... makeup artist
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist (as Zoltan)
Michael Germain .... makeup artist
Gerald Quist .... makeup lab
Peter Tothpal .... key hair stylist
Donna Turner Culver .... hair stylist (as Donna Turner)
Michael Westmore .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Ted Kurdyla .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Dyer .... first assistant director (as Jim Dyer)
Allan Graf .... second unit director
Cathy A. Roszell .... second second assistant director (as Cathy Roszell)
Barry K. Thomas .... second assistant director
Nelson Cabrera .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Donald R. Abblett .... stand-by painter (as Don Abblett)
Peter Clemens .... assistant art director
William D. Derham .... assistant property master (as Bill Derham)
James Dupuy .... stand-by carpenter
David Elliott .... construction foreman
Ron Ervin .... carpenter
Ray Thomas Esteridge .... assistant property master
Tommy Estridge .... assistant property master
Robert Evans .... paint foreman (as Bob Evans)
T. Kevin Fisher .... construction foreman (as Kevin Fisher)
Darryl Gregory .... set carpenter
Frank Hendrick .... set dresser
Allan Johnson .... stand-by carpenter
John Kaufman .... set dresser
Richard A. Mazzochi .... property master (as Richard Mazzochi)
David McKlveen .... carpenter
Thomas A. Morris Jr. .... construction coordinator
Chris Snyder .... construction foreman
Frank Viviano .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
George Berndt .... adr supervisor
Carolina Beroza .... assistant sound editor
Joe Dorn .... foley editor
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
Jessica Gallavan .... sound editor (as Jessica Galavan)
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound mixer
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gregg Landaker .... re-recording mixer
James M. McCann .... boom operator
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer
John Morris .... dialogue editor
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Mark Pappas .... assistant sound editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charlene Richards)
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production sound supervisor
Frank Smathers .... sound editor
Hamilton Sterling .... sound effects editor
Hugo Weng .... sound editor
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor (as Karen Wilson)
Linda Yeaney .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Wayne Edgar .... special effects
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects supervisor (as Joseph Mercurio)
Chuck E. Stewart .... special effects (as Chuck Stewart)
John Alden .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan .... stunts (as Sheryl Wheeler)
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
Lynn Fogg .... stunts
Andree Gibbs .... stunts (as Andreé Gibbs)
Allan Graf .... stunt coordinator
Bob Herron .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Lynn Keehn)
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
Mel Scott-Thomas .... stunts (as Mel Scott Thomas)
John Sherrod .... stunts
Glenn Stanton .... stunt performer
Webster Whinery .... stunts
Gerard G. Williams .... stunts (as Gerard Williams)
Joe Williamson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Amorelli .... lighting technician
Bill Barcroft .... grip
Lloyd Barcroft .... best boy grip
Pat Blymyer .... gaffer
Andrew Carroll .... lighting technician
Bob Fillis .... electrical best boy
Robert Fiore .... lighting technician
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Tony Garrido)
Lloyd Gowdy .... lighting technician
Aaron Katz .... cable manager
David Katz .... video playback operator
John R. Leonetti .... camera operator (as John Leonetti)
John J. Linder .... key grip (as John Linder)
Johnny London Jr. .... grip (as John London Jr.)
Terry H. Neville .... lighting technician (as Terry Neville)
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Alan Shultz .... grip
David G. Todd .... generator operator
Mark Toups .... grip
Stephen J. Ullman .... second assistant camera
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera (as Mike Weldon)
Animation Department
Rhonda C. Gunner .... computer animation and displays (as Rhonda Gunner)
Richard E. Hollander .... computer animation and displays (as Richard Hollander)
Gregory L. McMurry .... computer animation and displays (as Gregory L. McMurray)
John C. Wash .... computer animation and displays (as John Wash)
Casting Department
Jeff Block .... casting assistant (as Jeffrey Block)
Richard Castleman .... extras casting: New Orleans
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (as Catherine Holzer-Ballowe)
Suzanne Ryan .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colby P. Bart .... costumer (as Colby Bart)
Brian Callahan .... costume supervisor
Jo Forman .... costumer
Editorial Department
Noori Dehnahi .... post-production coordinator
Bob Noland .... color timer
Yôko Seto .... first assistant editor
Location Management
David Ross McCarty .... location manager (as David McCarty)
Rick Merken .... location scout
Richard Murken .... assistant location manager
Mary Shelton .... location scout
Allen Tinkley .... location manager
Sarah Whistler .... location scout
Music Department
Barbara Harris .... vocal effects
Larry Hirsch .... music recordist
Jim Keltner .... musician: drums and percussion
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Steve Boyd .... transportation coordinator
Troy Flynn .... transportation
Earl R. Hurst Sr. .... transportation captain
Maxwell R. Johnson II .... transportation captain
Other crew
Kim Balser .... assistant to executive producer
Xochi Blymyer .... production assistant
Jane Bulmer .... assistant to executive producer
Rick Chavez .... craft service
David Cooley .... production assistant
Carline Davis-Dyer .... script supervisor (as Cariline Davis-Dyer)
Toni Ellis .... on-set medical advisor
Eric Fitzgerald .... title designer
Lillian Glass .... dialogue consultant (as Dr. Lillian Glass)
Kathleen Herd .... production coordinator (as Kathleen Heard)
April A. Janow .... payroll accountant (as April Janow)
Jana Karas .... first aid
Mario Kassar .... presenter
Lloyd Leipzig .... publicity coordinator
Susan Levinson .... production coordinator
Ed McCarthy .... production assistant
Patricia McConnell .... extras coordinator
Lenny Moecklin .... craft service
Tamara Kay Nerby .... production assistant (as Tamara Nerby)
Mary L. Rand .... assistant accountant (as Mary Rand)
Nigel Rick .... assistant: Mr. Hill
Sal Rovero .... assistant: Mr. Roven
Bruce Rubinstein .... assistant: Mr. Rourke
Mildred Schluter .... first aid (as Millie Schluter)
Magic Schwarz .... trainer: Mickey Rourke
Merry Shaman .... stand-in (uncredited)
Michael T. Sherman .... liaison: Navy (as Captain Mike Sherman USN)
Mary-Margaret Smith .... assistant: Mr. Hill
David M. Thornton .... studio manager (as David Thornton)
Ruth Turman .... production assistant
Andrew G. Vajna .... presenter (as Andrew Vajna)
Marichu Walker .... accounting representative
Lori Youmans .... production assistant
Lonnie Ramati .... production business & legal affairs (uncredited)
Sidney J. Barthelemy .... special acknowledgment (as New Orleans Mayor Sidney J. Barthelemy)
Phil Bonwell .... special acknowledgment
Henry Kawamoto .... special acknowledgment (as Dr. Henry Kawamoto)
Gary Nobiensky .... special acknowledgment
Joel Schechter .... special acknowledgment (as Dr. Joel Schechter)
Yoshio Setoguchi .... special acknowledgment (as Dr. Yoshio Setoguchi)

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94 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
An Undiscovered Gem!, 20 January 2002
Author: Squrpleboy from Canada

Mickey Rourke has to be one of the greatest, yet most under-rated,

American actors alive today. This film proves it. He plays this

character with layers and a depth few could accomplish or would

even dare. Unfortunately, most people regard his personal life

(and abrasive personality itself) with such disdain that they refuse

to fairly judge his professional accomplishments.

Rourke plays a grotesquely facially disfigured man who's life of

ridicule, non-existent home-life, and resultant self-guilt have led

him to a life of crime. Nothing original there, I'll admit. But one

must watch Rourke's subtle portrayal to see not a man of rage, as

most actors would give, and be expected of, from the audience, but

a man quietly locked into his world of pain. The way he holds his

cigarette from the top, so as to cover part of his face; the downward

tilt of his head, eyes averted from anyone's gaze; or the curt, quiet

speaking so as not to draw too much attention. The example of

speech is in itself remarkable. Not only does Rourke affect a

severe speech impediment as the disfigured Johnny Handsome,

but he then takes on a new one as a man who is now capable of

proper diction, but who is completely unused to being able to

speak properly. And he is constant in his portrayal throughout.

The story is simple but good, driven with excellent visual editing,

and a wonderful sound track (provided by Ry Cooder), that really

sets the pacing. The cast is largely wonderful, as well, with quite a

few recognizable "stars". Forest Whitaker as the sympathetic but

driven and demanding doctor, Lance Henrikson and Ellen Barkin

in amazing performances as two completely greedy "scum-bags",

and Morgan Freeman, in a real role reversal, as a rotten, taunting

parole officer. Probably the only weak link in the cast is Elizabeth

McGovern, who's attempted Louisiana accent never holds up and

over-all acting just suffices.

This film remains a favorite of mine that I watch every now and

again, always enjoying it both for the excitingly building tension of

the story, and the great performances (and performers) littered

throughout the film. If you like this film, I also suggest "The

Elephant Man", by David Lynch (for the life-with-disfigurement

aspects), or "The Warriors", by Walter Hill, as a great, early

example of this same director's work.

8/10 Mickey Rourke at his best!

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