The Man Without a Face 1993

The Man Without a Face

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Young Chuck Norstadt (Nick Stahl) wants nothing more than to join a prestigious military academy like his late father, but he is wary of the school's lofty academic standards. With only a single summer in which to study for the entrance exam, Chuck finds an unlikely tutor in the form of Justin McLeod (Mel Gibson), a disfigured recluse who was once a teacher. McLeod agrees to teach Chuck, and the two form a deep friendship -- until Chuck learns of the secret behind McLeod's terrible scars.

Cast & Crew

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
Ethan Phillips
Todd Lansing
Jean De Baer
Mrs. Lansing
Isabelle Holland
Writer (Novel)
Malcolm MacRury
Screenwriter
Stephen McEveety
Executive Producer
James Horner
Original Music
Donald McAlpine
Cinematographer
Antony Gibbs
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  • Aug 22, 2011
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2011
    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.
    Sajin P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2009
    This Awesome piece from Mel Gibson factory made me watch it several times.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    "Man Without a Face" is one of the very few Mel Gibson movies that you don't ever hear all that much about. That's a huge mystery to me because I thought it was one of his best movies by far, and that's saying a lot after he's made so many great movies such as the Lethal Weapon series, "Braveheart," and many other blockbusters. Mr. McLeod (Mel Gibson) used to be a teacher until he was involved in a car crash and one of his pupils died in the crash. McLeod was rumored to have abused the boy when he didn't do anything. Now McLeod has been living in a town as an outcast for 7 years. He has major scars on one side of his face and he doesn't interact with hardly anybody. However, one day, 12-year-old Charles (Nick Stahl) asks McLeod to help him study for a test that he wants to take to try to get into the military academy. What neither McLeod nor Charles knows at the time is that they're a lot alike. Charles is emotionally neglected and McLeod is an outcast who is all by himself with no friends. "Man Without a Face" is a spectacular movie. In my opinion, I think it's one of the most underrated movies that has ever been made. I think it should be one of the best known and most popular movies ever because it really is a great movie. It's a movie about true friendship and loyalty when the going gets rough. I recommend "Man Without a Face" to anybody that likes watching great movies. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000.
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