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The Man Without a Face (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 August 1993 (USA)
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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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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$24,760,338
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Second film with James Horner music, in which Gaby Hoffmann appears. The first was Field of Dreams (1989). 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

[last lines]
Chuck at age 17: But there's always a face before me now, somewhere out beyond the edge of the crowd.
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References Bambi (1942) See more »

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BORN A WOMAN
Written by Martha Sharpe
Performed by Sandy Posey
Courtesy of G.M.L., Inc.
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Facing Life's Problems.
29 June 2005 | by 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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