The Man Without a Face (1993)
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A disfigured man is asked to tutor a lonely adolescent boy, and the two outcasts soon become close friends in this sentimental drama. Their friendship and the man's reputation is threatened when the man is accused of abusing the boy, despite the boy's vehement denials.
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Critic Reviews for The Man Without a Face
intriguing and involving
One of the best movies of Gibson's career
Offers a glimpse of grace as two individuals restore each other's souls with gifts of trust and love
Watchable weepie about the importance of books vs. covers.
Audience Reviews for The Man Without a Face
Two outsiders of society, one a boy thought stupid and the other a burn victim with a criminal record, encourage each other and find reasons to persevere in a misunderstanding world. A quiet and emotional piece that subverts Gibson's characterisation as merely an action hero.More
Mel Gibson's directorial debut deals with a familiar territory we have seen in many films - A deformed reclusive befriending a young boy, believing that he has been given a second chance to heal old wounds.
But the movie has more to it especially with the revelation of character's dark past. Even with a less than convincing makeup, Mel Gibson delivers a powerful performance as the face burned loner.
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