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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 »

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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

Gross USA:

$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

One of three Mel Gibson and James Horner collaborations. This movie being the first, along with Braveheart (1995) and Apocalypto (2006). James Horner also composed for Ransom (1996), which starred Mel Gibson, and was directed by Ron Howard, with whom Horner also worked, on movies like Cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and The Missing (2003). See more »

Goofs

The method that McLeod gives for finding the center of a circle will not always work. He also says and draws that the line perpendicular to the midpoint of AB goes through C, which is extraneous and incorrect. See more »

Quotes

Justin McLeod: Now, I'd like you to write an essay. Any topic you'd like.
Chuck Norstadt: Why? It's not on the exam.
Justin McLeod: Why did you come here? Quickly, don't think, just answer. Why?
Chuck Norstadt: For s-some help, you know.
Justin McLeod: No, I don't know. Do you want help or not?
Chuck Norstadt: Yeah, I guess so, if you're really a teacher.
Justin McLeod: "Yeah, I guess so", SIR.
Chuck Norstadt: Yes, I guess so, sir.
Justin McLeod: Good. This is the way it works. Aut disce aut discede - learn or leave. Because it's of no consequence to me, one way or the other. Understood?
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BORN A WOMAN
Written by Martha Sharpe
Performed by Sandy Posey
Courtesy of G.M.L., Inc.
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Facing Life's Problems.
29 June 2005 | by tfrizzellSee 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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