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Johnny Handsome (1989)

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After being double crossed and thrown in jail, a deformed gangster gets a new face and rehabilitation, but his desire for revenge looms.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John 'Johnny Handsome' Sedley / Johnny Mitchell
... Sunny Boyd
... Donna McCarty
... Lt. A.Z. Drones
... Dr. Steven Fisher
... Rafe Garrett
... Mikey Chalmette
... Vic Dumask
Yvonne Bryceland ... Sister Luke
... Mr. Bonet
J.W. Smith ... Larry
... Earl (as Jeff Meek)
... Bob Lemoyne
Ed Zang ... Prestige Manager
... Prestige Salesman (as John Fertitta)
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Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette, and another couple (Sunny Boid and Rafe Garrett). During the heist, Johnny and Mikey are double-crossed by Sunny and Rafe---Mikey is killed and Johnny sent to prison. While in prison, Johnny is invited to a rehabilitation program, where Dr. Steven Fischer rebuilds Johnny's face and helps Johnny get paroled. Johnny starts working in a shipyard, where he meets Donna McCarty and starts a romance. Lt. A.Z. Drones is a skeptical detective who follows the rehabilitation of Johnny. Johnny's new life is consumed by the desire of payback. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They changed his looks, his life and his future... but they couldn't change his past. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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29 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Handsome - Der schöne Johnny  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,237,794
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The movie's soundtrack composed by Ry Cooder featured four songs performed by American drummer and percussionist Jim Keltner. See more »

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During the graveyard scene, Larry "pumps" the action on a double barreled shotgun. See more »

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Vic Dumask: I don't know you, Mr. Mitchell. What can I do for you?
John 'Johnny Handsome' Sedley: A laundry service. Could be five million dollars worth.
Vic Dumask: That sounds illegal.
John 'Johnny Handsome' Sedley: [sotto voce] It is.
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A Great Dramatic and Violent Movie
25 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Johnny Handsome (Mickey Rooker) is a deformed gangster who planned a successful robbery with a friend of him Mikey Chalmette (Scott Wilson) and the couple Sunny Boid (Ellen Barkin) and Rafe Garrett (Lance Henriksen). After the heist, Johnny and Mikey are double-crossed by Sunny and Rafe, being Mikey killed and Johnny sent to prison. A few years later, Johnny is invited to a rehabilitation program, where Dr. Steven Fischer (Forest Whitaker) rebuilds Johnny's face and obtains his parole. Johnny starts working in a shipyard, where he meets Donna McCarty (Elizabeth McGovern) and starts a romance. Lt. A.Z. Drones (Morgan Freeman) is a detective who does not believe in the rehabilitation of Johnny. Johnny's new life is consumed by the desire of pay-back.

The photography of this Walter Hill's movie is very dark, like most of the characters. The excellent cast, supported by a great direction and a wonderful soundtrack of Ry Cooder makes this film a great dramatic and violent movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Um Rosto Sem Passado" ("A Face Without Past")


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