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The Man Without a Face (1993)

 -  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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Catherine Palin
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Gloria Norstadt
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Megan Norstadt
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Chief Wayne Stark
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Prof. Carl Hartley
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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
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Rob Lansing
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David Taylor-Fife
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Scott Pearson
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Storyline

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)  »

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El hombre sin rostro  »

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£1,602,303 (UK) (10 December 1993)
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The poetry Justin recites to himself as he is sitting alone by the fire is a translation of the first four lines of the Aeneid, an epic poem written in Latin in the first century BC by Publius Vergilius Maro, better known in English as Virgil. The same lines are inscribed on the plaque on the clock Chuck had admired earlier, but with the words in a different order from the lines as written by Virgil. See more »

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When Gibson is giving Stahl his mock exam results from his truck, you can see a boom mic reflected in the cars windscreen. See more »

Quotes

Justin McLeod: If you're going to plagiarize, you could at least show the courtesy of copying...
Chuck Norstadt: What are you talking about?
Justin McLeod: Don't! Who wrote this? Who?
Chuck Norstadt: Bill Garfield.
Justin McLeod: Never heard of him.
Chuck Norstadt: He's at Columbia.
Justin McLeod: Ah! I see you're a high-class cheat.
Chuck Norstadt: I'm not a cheat, listen...
Justin McLeod: Yes you are.
Chuck Norstadt: I hate writing.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 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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Facing Life's Problems.
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A badly disfigured former teacher (Mel Gibson) instructs a youngster (Nick Stahl) who is trying to make the grades to get into boarding school. Gibson's past is mysterious though and Stahl's family history is far from sweet and rosy as well. Difficult drama that has been misunderstood and under-rated ever since its premiere in 1993. Gibson's first directing venture does admittedly have more heart than brains, but he works wonders with what could have been a manipulative and predictable story. Of course this work behind the camera would lead to recent classics "Braveheart" and "The Passion of the Christ". Heartwrenching and emotionally-charged winner that will pull at you and never completely let go. 4 stars out of 5.


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