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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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Taglines:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The poetry Justin recites to himself as he is sitting alone by the fire is a translation of the first four lines of the Aeneid, an epic poem written in Latin, in the first century B.C. by Publius Vergilius Maro, better known in English as Virgil. The same lines are inscribed on the plaque on the clock Chuck had admired earlier, but with the words in a different order from the lines as written by Virgil. See more »

Goofs

Meg's braces are wrong for the time period (summer 1968) when the movie was supposed to take place. She should be wearing braces the were steel bands that wrapped around each tooth with a wire bracket on the front of the band. Meg has braces that are used today, which are a bracket glued to the tooth to hold the wire that straighten the teeth. The newer method didn't start to be used until around 1980. See more »

Quotes

Justin McLeod: Is it this? Is this what you see? I assure you it is human. But if that's all you see, then you don't see me. You can't see me.
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Connections

References Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

CH'ELLA MI CREDA
(from LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST)
Written by Giacomo Puccini (as G. Puccini), Guelfo Civinini (as C. Civinini),
Carlo Zangarini (as C. Zangarini) and David Belasco (as D. Belasco)
Performed by Jussi Björling
Courtesy of Decca/London Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
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Great film about true friendship
30 April 2002 | by Andreas_NSee all my reviews

This movie is in my eyes an outstanding example of what films should be like. Nick Stahl and Mel Gibson show their immense ability to act in such a convincing way that this movie can be quoted as the movie with the most impressive story of true, honest and deep friendship. Nowadays, films are often judged concerning the special effects and the action, and classic movies slowly diminish. This film is unique because of the simple fact that the number of movies dealing with a topic like that, a topic that requires the knowledge of classic acting, unfortunately goes down.

Nick Stahl, whom I haven't known before, and who is allegedly in the cast of Terminator 3, acts impressive and convincing. It doesn't happen often, but I was moved to tears, for the true friendship between Norstadt and his teacher gives the audience the message that real friendship, the belief in the future and your own self-confidence can help you to solve every problem.

Congratulations to Mel Gibson and Nick Stahl, movies like this one, carrying such a pure message of life, preserve the issue of classic films: Move the audience, give them something to think about..... and let them feel the magic of films like this one. Watch this movie, and you'll know how to define friendship. Greetings from Austria to all imdb.com users!!


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