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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,026,775, 29 August 1993

Gross USA:

$24,760,338

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

William Hurt was pursued for the lead. See more »

Goofs

When Chuck is dressing for his practice exam, the first shot of him in front of the mirror he ties his tie up to the collar. In the next shot he is fixing his hair and you can see that the tie is not tied to the top of the collar. See more »

Quotes

[Going over Chuck's essay]
Justin McLeod: What would you change about the government?
Chuck Norstadt: Me? Um, lots of things.
Justin McLeod: Such as?
Chuck Norstadt: Su-such as...
Justin McLeod: Such as how the word is spelled, for example.
Chuck Norstadt: What?
Justin McLeod: Judging by your essay, looks as if you hope to change the spelling of the word "government," "democracy," and, uh, "Richard Miltown Nixon."
Chuck Norstadt: So I'm not too good at spelling.
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Connections

References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

BORN A WOMAN
Written by Martha Sharpe
Performed by Sandy Posey
Courtesy of G.M.L., Inc.
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The Man Without a Face
16 August 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Gibson makes a spectacular directorial debut in this story of a relationship between a teacher, a man disfigured from a car accident and a fire and his young and troubled pupil. Both characters learn from each other the values of freedom and true friendship. Impressive performance from Gibson, as the teacher.


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