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The Man Without a Face (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 August 1993 (USA)
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Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Palin
Gloria Norstadt
Megan Norstadt
Chief Wayne Stark
Prof. Carl Hartley
Douglas Hall, Gloria's Boyfriend
Todd Lansing
Jean De Baer ...
Mrs. Lansing
Mr. Cooper
Mrs. Cooper
Justin Kanew ...
Rob Lansing
Sean Kellman ...
David Taylor-Fife
Chris Lineburg ...
Scott Pearson


The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was incinerated and for which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. He is also suspected of being a pedophile. He is befriended by Chuck, igniting the town's suspicion and hostility. McLeod instills in his protégé a love of justice and freedom from prejudice which sustains Chuck beyond the end of the film. Written by Mike McBain <mike@calcite.apana.org.au>

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A fatherless boy had almost given up all his dreams... until one man believed in him enough to make them come true.



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Rated PG-13 for mature subject matter | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin rostro  »

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Box Office


$24,760,338 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film takes place in 1968. See more »


When Chuck is dressing for his practice exam, the first shot of him in front of the mirror he ties his tie up to the collar. In the next shot he is fixing his hair and you can see that the tie is not tied to the top of the collar. See more »


Chuck Norstadt: You know, I can't see your scars anymore. I can hardly even tell they're there.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Tori Amos (1996) See more »


Written by Giacomo Puccini (as G. Puccini), Guelfo Civinini (as C. Civinini),
Carlo Zangarini (as C. Zangarini) and David Belasco (as D. Belasco)
Performed by Jussi Björling
Courtesy of Decca/London Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
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Brilliant coming of age tale
31 July 2004 | by (Odessa, Ukraine) – See all my reviews

I didn't know anything about this movie before I have watched it because it was never released in my own country, as well as book was never published. I am not a big fan of Mel Gibson, I thought that he is just average but too overrated actor. So you can understand why I didn't expect too much from this movie. But now, I want to apologize to Mr. Gibson. In this overlooked masterpiece he proves himself incredibly good both as an actor also as a director. The story was absolutely great, realistic and touching. Relations between two main characters – former teacher and young student boy (perfectly played by Mel Gibson and Nick Stahl) were shown as great as it possible. It was for sure best Mel Gibson performance ever. Young Nick Stahl acting also looked incredibly good as Chuck Norstadt. All supporting casts also did a very good job in their roles Director and whole cast team brought to us incredibly powerful atmosphere of total misunderstanding in Chuck family and in the whole town. People can't understand and worst of all they don't want to understand other people, who are not like all ordinary people in their small town. If you're not like all – you're odd and nothing more. This movie teach us never judge people only by appearance and groundless suspicions, teach us always look inside the people. It was very strong, powerful and important messages. All dialogs were very well written and very memorable. In addition to this cinematography and soundtrack were very good.

So, I consider The Man Without a Face as a stunning excellent film, best Mel Gibson film, one the best of the year and one of the best movies I've ever seen. If you're a Mel Gibson fan or simply love films with excellent story and perfect acting I highly recommend this film. Thanks a lot Mel and all people involved in this masterpiece.

My grade 10 out of 10 or A+++

Thanks for reading and sorry for my bad English. Feel free for mailing me about any of my posts and comments here.

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