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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.

Director:

Mel Gibson

Writers:

Isabelle Holland (novel), Malcolm MacRury (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Justin McLeod
Nick Stahl ... Charles E. 'Chuck' Norstadt
Margaret Whitton ... Catherine Palin
Fay Masterson ... Gloria Norstadt
Gaby Hoffmann ... Megan Norstadt
Geoffrey Lewis ... Chief Wayne Stark
Richard Masur ... Prof. Carl Hartley
Michael DeLuise ... Douglas Hall, Gloria's Boyfriend
Ethan Phillips ... Todd Lansing
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Mrs. Lansing
Jack De Mave ... Mr. Cooper
Viva ... Mrs. Cooper
Justin Kanew ... Rob Lansing
Sean Kellman Sean Kellman ... David Taylor-Fife
Chris Lineburg Chris Lineburg ... 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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature subject matter | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin rostro See more »

Filming Locations:

Bath, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,026,775, 29 August 1993

Gross USA:

$24,760,338

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,760,338
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Hurt was pursued for the lead. 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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Get Smart (1965) See more »

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THE CHALLENGE
(from RED RIVER)
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin
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heartwarming and awe-inspiring
17 May 2004 | by MichaelOatesSee all my reviews

Mel is back and better than ever in "The Man Without A Face." This is Mel's finest film to date as an actor and director. Not only is it touching and heartwarming but it showcases one of the best actor turned directors in Mel Gibson. "The Man Without A Face" would be my choice for one of the most touching films I've ever seen.

Gibson certainly knew what he was doing as performed along side a newcomer named Nick Stahl. I can't tell people enough positive things about this newcomer who possesses rare natural talent.

Gibson played his character Justin McCleod the way actors should portray the characters.......with heart. I can't think of a film that showed the world the reality behind people in Justin's situation. Gibson crafted the story very carefully and it shows.

Mel Gibson is an actor with heart and has brought it to big screen as McCleod. I would venture to guess that this role is not that far off than his real-life role as husband and father.

When I saw this film, I didn't have to do much but sit back, eat popcorn and drink my soft drink. I knew it was going to be a moving, touching and heartfelt film.

However, it turned out to be much more. I was pleasantly surprised how Gibson crafted this film into a work of art by using his knowledge of working in front of the camera.

I knew by the end of this film everyone involved with this awesome film from the talented director/actor to the up and coming star along with the viewing audience had fun making and watching "The Man Without A Face."

I recommend this film to anyone and everyone young and old who loves movies.


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