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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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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
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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
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)  »

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El hombre sin rostro  »

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£1,602,303 (UK) (10 December 1993)
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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

The engraved plate on McLoed's clock is supposed to include the first few lines of Vergil's Aeneid in Latin; the words, however, are completely jumbled, beginning with "Cano, arma que (sic!) virum qui, profugus fata" etc. It ought to be "Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris..." and so on. See more »

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McLeod: "Why the System Should Be Changed" - exclamation point - "by Charles E. Norstadt" I had no idea you pondered such weighty matters, Charles E.
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MOON RIVER
Written by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
Performed by Andy Williams
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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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