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 <>

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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


£1,602,303 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeff Bridges was considered for the role of Justin McLeod. See more »


The method that McLeod gives for finding the center of a circle will not always work. He also says and draws that the line perpendicular to the midpoint of AB goes through C, which is extraneous and incorrect. See more »


McLeod: The problem is one of water.
Chuck Norstadt: Water?
McLeod: Water. Women have, on average, about 5% more of it than do men, making them subject to different forces of gravity. Oh don't take my word for it, you can look it up in Newton. It's there.
Chuck Norstadt: Couldn't they be drained?
[McLeod laughs]
Chuck Norstadt: I'm serious!
McLeod: Well, I believe they're waiting for us to drink more fluids.
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References Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »


Written by Martha Sharpe
Performed by Sandy Posey
Courtesy of G.M.L., Inc.
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Great film about true friendship
30 April 2002 | by (Klagenfurt, Austria) – See all my reviews

This movie is in my eyes an outstanding example of what films should be like. Nick Stahl and Mel Gibson show their immense ability to act in such a convincing way that this movie can be quoted as the movie with the most impressive story of true, honest and deep friendship. Nowadays, films are often judged concerning the special effects and the action, and classic movies slowly diminish. This film is unique because of the simple fact that the number of movies dealing with a topic like that, a topic that requires the knowledge of classic acting, unfortunately goes down.

Nick Stahl, whom I haven't known before, and who is allegedly in the cast of Terminator 3, acts impressive and convincing. It doesn't happen often, but I was moved to tears, for the true friendship between Norstadt and his teacher gives the audience the message that real friendship, the belief in the future and your own self-confidence can help you to solve every problem.

Congratulations to Mel Gibson and Nick Stahl, movies like this one, carrying such a pure message of life, preserve the issue of classic films: Move the audience, give them something to think about..... and let them feel the magic of films like this one. Watch this movie, and you'll know how to define friendship. Greetings from Austria to all users!!

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