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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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Gloria Norstadt
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Megan Norstadt
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Chief Wayne Stark
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Douglas Hall, Gloria's Boyfriend
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Todd Lansing
Jean De Baer ...
Mrs. Lansing
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Mr. Cooper
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Mrs. Cooper
Justin Kanew ...
Rob Lansing
Sean Kellman ...
David Taylor-Fife
Chris Lineburg ...
Scott Pearson
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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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25 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin rostro  »

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$24,760,338
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The poem about airplanes that McLeod gives to Chuck to read is "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee. See more »

Goofs

When the family is having breakfast and the mom announces her wedding plans, we see the sister Meg fill a bowl with cereal and milk. Moments later when they argue, she throws her cereal at Gloria. But Gloria is shown as perfectly dry, when she should be covered in cereal and milk. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Norstadt: Hey Mickey, you crazy son of a bitch, if I had a dog like you I'd put a bag over it's head, yes I would, yes I would.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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CH'ELLA MI CREDA
(from LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST)
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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The Man Without a Face
30 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

A beautiful, touching, heartwarming story about a boy living in a dysfunctional family with his mother and two sisters, all of whom posess above average intelligence, and consider him to be the "retard" of the family. His only dream is to join the military academy, mostly to get away from his family. He meets a disfigured man (Mel Gibson), the local "freak" of the town. After learning that the man used to be a teacher, he asks for tutoring. In time, not only does the man become the boy's tutor, he becomes his best friend.

10/10


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