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Johnny Handsome -- Born with a horribly disfigured face, and unable to become part of "normal"society, John Sedley turns to a life of crime. But his two fellow gang members trick him and Johnny is sent to prison. There he meets a plastic surgeon who takes sympathy on him and surgically transforms him into a new man. Now unrecognizable to those who once new him, the once ugly duckling plots a vicious revenge.
Johnny Handsome -- Clip: I'm not so sure you can count on me


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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
Jim Dyer .... first assistant director
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
James M. McCann .... boom operator
Michael Minkler .... sound 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)
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
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
David Ross McCarty .... location manager (as David McCarty)
Patricia McConnell .... extras coordinator
Rick Merken .... location scout
Lenny Moecklin .... craft service
Richard Murken .... assistant location manager
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)
Mary Shelton .... location scout
Michael T. Sherman .... liaison: Navy (as Captain Mike Sherman USN)
Mary-Margaret Smith .... assistant: Mr. Hill
David M. Thornton .... studio manager (as David Thornton)
Allen Tinkley .... location manager
Ruth Turman .... production assistant
Andrew G. Vajna .... presenter (as Andrew Vajna)
Marichu Walker .... accounting representative
Sarah Whistler .... location scout
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
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Make-up applied to Mickey Rourke's face took three hours each day to apply.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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Referenced in Wordsmith (2010) (V)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"I know who you are. What you are"., 9 April 2011
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Well renowned action director Walter Hill tackles a more moody, character driven crime drama in the shape of "Johnny Handsome" and it would have to be one of his under-the-radar productions. The story follows that of a deformed criminal John who stages a heist, however there's a double-cross which sees his best friend killed and him going to prison. There he is asked to take part in a rehabilitation program, where they clear him of his deformity while also getting him parole. Hoping now that he can start a new life, however John is still burning inside for vengeance.

Presenting an ideal cast, Hill really does cast a spell over his audience with solid (even if it does feel a bit underdone) story-telling backed up by credibly good performances from leading man Mickey Rourke (within the peak of his career) and equally so support by Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin Lance Henrikson, Elizabeth McGovern and Forest Whitaker. Everybody chips in, adding their own stamp to proceedings and establishing gripping character rapports or confrontations (e.g. between Freeman's detective and Whitaker's doctor).

Hill's cruise-like direction is crisp and tidy, engineering some intense passages and some well-oiled, edgy action set-pieces, although they are low-key (still violent) but this really does belong to its cast and the interestingly, smart story (that was adapted off John Godey's novel "The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome"). The ambitious plot does have a lot going on and it might not all come together, but how it does play out stays constantly interesting and rather unpleasant in its details. Rourke's character Johnny is given a chance to start over and go straight, from this physical change brings much needed confidence but the hunger inside for revenge can't simply be cured or forgotten. Someone he cared for, who saw beyond his deformity deserved payback. Johnny would deliver it. So he carefully plans out the revenge, wanting to tease before actually ending it and things get even more suspenseful when the situation starts to go off the rails. Lance Henrikson and Ellen Barkin really do nail down their explosively sly parts of the two crooks who betrayed Johnny. The ever-reliable, Hill regular Ry Cooder adds a smoking touch to the music score.

One of those films I didn't know all that much of, but came away pleasantly surprised.

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