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Faceless (1987)

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When model Barbara Hallen disappears in France, her father's private detective traces her steps to a private plastic surgery clinic run by Dr.Flamand.

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Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

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René Chateau (story) (as Fred Castle), Pierre Ripert (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helmut Berger ... Docteur Flamand
Brigitte Lahaie ... Nathalie
Telly Savalas ... Terry Hallen
Christopher Mitchum ... Morgan (as Chris Mitchum)
Stéphane Audran ... Mme Sherman (as Stephane Audran)
Caroline Munro ... Barbara Hallen
Christiane Jean Christiane Jean ... Ingrid Flamand
Anton Diffring ... Docteur Moser
Tilda Thamar ... Mme François
Howard Vernon ... Docteur Orloff
Florence Guérin Florence Guérin ... Florence Guerin
Gérard Zalcberg ... Gordon (as Gerard Zalcberg)
Henri Poirier Henri Poirier ... Commissaire Legris
Laure Sabardin Laure Sabardin ... La receptionniste
Amelie Chevalier Amelie Chevalier ... Mélissa
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Storyline

A model named Barbara Hallen has disappeared and her father gets private detective Sam Morgan to go to Paris to find his daughter. Barbara's trail leads Morgan to a plastic surgery clinic owned by Dr. Flamand. Morgan's investigation reveals the horrifying secret behind the Doctor's miracle cures which is blood and organs taken from kidnapped young women. As Morgan's investigation closes witnesses are eliminated one by one, each in a more horrible way. Written by Chris Mayo <cmayo@thezone.net>

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If there is but one life, there are several ways to die See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Faceless See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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On the American version, the last line of the film spoken by Telly Savalas is in the French language. What the line actually translates to is "Mrs. Ginny, get me out on the first flight to Paris" See more »

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In Nova Scotia, Canada the movie was not approved when initially submitted for a rating. After editing, it was re-rated "Restricted". See more »

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Featured in The Brawn Behind 'Faceless' (2004) See more »

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Just Imagination
Written by Romano Musumarra, P. Calabrese and C. Welsman
Performed by Carol Welsman (uncredited)
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"Eyes without a Face" Revisited by Jesus Franco
25 January 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Flamand (Helmut Berger) owns the Clinique des Mimosas in Saint Cloud. While shopping in Paris during Christmas with his beloved sister Ingrid Flamand (Christiane Jean) and his lover and the head of the clinic Nathalie (Brigitte Lahaie), Dr. Frank is attacked with acid by a client that had her face partially destroyed by him in a unsuccessful operation. However, he sidesteps to the acid attack and the face of his sister Ingrid is totally deformed. Dr. Frank becomes obsessed to restore Ingrid's face and together with Nathalie and their dumb and retarded servant Gordon (Gérard Zalcberg), they kidnap beautiful women and Dr. Frank kills them expecting to prepare a solution to recover the beauty of his sister. When the addicted model Barbara Hallen (Caroline Munro) is kidnapped by Nathalie, her wealthy father Terry Hallen (Telly Savalas) hires the tough private eyes and his friend Sam Morgan (Chris Mitchum) in the United States of America and sends him to France. Meanwhile Dr. Frank summons the Nazi Dr. Karl Heinz Moser (Anton Diffring) that was well succeeded in sadistic experiments implanting faces in scarred pilots. Sam snoops the clinic and discloses the dark secret of the place.

"Faceless" has the same storyline of 1960 "Eyes without a Face" by Georges Franju but revisited by Jesus Franco, with his usual bizarre situations and characters, with kink sex, rape, lesbianism, beautiful actresses and so on. The wooden face of the unconvincing Chris Mitchum is not well cast and the open conclusion is the weakest part of this film. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sem Face" ("Faceless")


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