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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Mel Gibson

Writers:

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

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Drama

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

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Mel Gibson's directorial debut. See more »

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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: Think Norstad, reason. Have I ever abused you? Did I ever lay a hand on you of anything but friendship on you? Could I? Could you imagine me ever doing so? And what about the past?
Chuck Norstadt: Just tell me you didn't do it, I'll believe you.
McLeod: No, no sir! I didn't spend all summer so you could cheat on this question.
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Referenced in Hang Time: Let's Get Ready to Rumble (1995) See more »

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THE CHALLENGE
(from RED RIVER)
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin
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For those with an open mind...
27 September 2003 | by glentom1See all my reviews

A disfigured face as a result of a tragic accident, and unresolved suspicions, result in a life of hermitage for Justin McLeod. His past life as a teacher becomes reawakened by 13 year old Charles, who is on a mission to become educated well enough to pass a military school's entrance exam, and he pleads with McLeod to become his tutor.

McLeod's dark past and Charles' unrelenting motivation become unlikely allies as the two of them begin a relationship born of the common thread that each are misunderstood by others.

This is an outstanding movie, which is much misunderstood by many viewers and reviewers alike. It's a simple case of an adult taking an interest in and making a difference in a young man's life. The movie is even more poignant because McLeod loses the safety of the anonymity he had worked so hard for, when he opens his mind and heart to young Charles.

I have read all of the reviews on this site for this movie and object to those who attempt to review both the movie and the book at the same time. The movie should be reviewed here, and the book at a site for reviewing books. To do both at one time is akin to going to Burger King and ordering a Big Mac.

You don't need to be a Mel Gibson fan to love this movie, but you do need to have an open mind and an unfettered agenda. This is a powerful performance by actors Mel Gibson and Nick Stahl, one that will leave your heart happy and your mind engaged.

Both thumbs up from me for this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Without a Face See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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