The Man Without a Face

1993 "A fatherless boy had almost given up all his dreams... until one man believed in him enough to make them come true."
6.7| 1h55m| PG-13| en
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Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town after his face is disfigured from an automobile accident ten years earlier, in which a boy was incinerated—and for which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Also suspected of being a paedophile, he is befriended by Chuck, causing the town's suspicions and hostility to be ignited.

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Stometer Save your money for something good and enjoyable
UnowPriceless hyped garbage
Konterr Brilliant and touching
AnhartLinkin This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
adonis98-743-186503 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. I own all 4 of Mel Gibson's movies that he directed with the best being Braveheart always followed by Apocalypto and The Passion of Christ which i found very interesting not that interesting for a sequel tho and then we have The Man Without a Face this is his directional debut and i think it's one of his most underrated works and it's kinda overlooked a lot from people and maybe even critics i chose to review it now cause Hackshaw Ridge his new movie comes out today and i said why don't i review this? The Man Without a Face is a film about an ex-teacher who has a disfigured face and he starts a really good friendship with this kid Charles E. 'Chuck' Norstadt played by young then Nick Stahl who later on starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and Bruce Willis in Sin City (2005) and besides those 2 this is definitely comes in 3rd place as my favorite film that he stars in and the friendship between Justin McLeod (Gibson) and Chuck (Stahl) was pretty spot on and very inspiring as a film and it has to do with good writing and good pacing that Gibson created is one of his most underrated works and so far all 4 of his movies that he has directed i really liked them i hope that his new film is good too which it will be definitely and Hollywood needs to forgive him he might be crazy but he has a lot of talent and i can't wait to see where he will go next.
Armand not good, great or memorable. only an useful film. for self define. because the themes are delicate. because the performances are at high level. because it is a film about a meeting, second chance, friendship and the public image as way to define the other. a teacher. and a boy. a story who becomes more and more complex, large and profound. because Nick Stahl does a splendid performance who surprise again and again. because Mel Gibson propose a character who seems be reflection for a lot of questions, because the gestures of community's members are the gestures, words and verdicts of the large part from public. because it is not exactly an artistic work but an useful exercise for discover the social connections in different light. an exercise of honesty. and, maybe, useful self definition.
to_co "The Man with out a Face" is the story of an eccentric teacher with a unique gift of reaching emotionally distraught pupils and fuelling their ability to learn. Calamity strikes his life in the form of a car accident while transporting a particularly responsive pupil home from a competition, who unbeknownst to him had developed a fixation with him. Even though he is an exceptional teacher he is ill-equipped, at the young age of 26, to deal with the ensuing escalation. When he tries to set the boy straight he regretfully is too harsh in the effort and the boy panics causing the accident. It kills the boy and leaves the teacher permanently disfigured.The scaring is symbolic of the internal wound he carries inside from guilt, coupled with the reinforced rejection of society, first in response to the accident, by jailing him for involuntary manslaughter and then as it treats him as a monster due to, first and unchallenged impressions of the appearance of his scars.Years later another struggling young boy enters his life, who will not take no for an answer, and convinces the teacher to tutor him for an entrance exam to a military college he is desirous to attend. His unorthodox style brings perspective and enlightenment to more than just the subjects for the entrance exam but also to the boys life and his own. They find in each other both true friendship and the dignity and lightening effects of grace. Learning to trust in the face of all the apparently well meaning yet paranoid and unruly responses of those who assert themselves to be responsible and clear.This film brings a wonderful insight to the mistaken impressions that can happen in society when the right questions are never asked within the mind and heart of the individual or by officials. And once asked, whether they are clearly heard or not, without the bias of agenda. It also addresses the question of what people believe societal authorities should be acting upon and what they actually are constrained to. How the disconnect between the personal desire for truth to rule the day conflicts with the assumptions made by those in the legal system, which admittedly is driven not by interested in justice but rather the strict application of the code, the way it exists at the time of an offence.The film exposes the nature of the corruption of the individual through the weights of life and error and the rationalization of the fear of facing that nature, in order to see the truth ourselves. The clear truth, the honest truth, that we are all flawed, all monsters and all, contrastingly, capable of extending grace to lift that weight in the lives of others, if we are willing to dare, with a little empathy and simple understanding, enter a path that can result in a better kind of life.This battle, that continues to go on everywhere, between the desire for personal accountability to oneself and through this the collective governing of society by conscience and respect contrasting the desire to throw that responsibility on external representatives who society has dubbed authorities, and through that become victim to the fickle impressions of a few.The resultant situation exposes the the very real hypocritical nature that exists in the dichotomy in most cultures today. Leaving only the impression of dignity, the vainer of office and the shallowness and illusion of control when confronted by the true dignity of someone with moral substance. That which exists in the hearts of those who except the challenge of stepping into the work of needful change.A very good watch, if you will allow yourself the change.Volpe Verte. Aug. 2nd 2014.
PALADIN12640 I've not seen more than a handful of Mel's movies. Certainly all the violent money makers, but last night, I watched "TMWaF". I am not a movie critic and don't know how to critique movies, but this movie, I loved from beginning to end. Every actor played their role (large or small) so well it was like I lived in the town and was watching everyday life. I won't go on and on. I recommend the movie to all, even those hooked on the latest zombie movies or those youngsters who crave violent action flicks. Take some time out, watch this one and prepare to see a movie that will keep you thinking. A movie that shows what MOVIES can be. BTW I was left with a question: did all the town shun and despise Justin McLeod? I would have thought at least some of the women would have felt sorry for him seeing the undamaged half of his face and seeing how he would have been the handsomest man any of them could have known and just wondering "ah, what could have been".