The Man Without a Face

Released 1993


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The Man Without a Face is a 1993 drama starred in and directed by Mel Gibson. In the film, Justin McLeod (Mel Gibson) is a former teacher with a life shrouded in mystery. Seven years before, McLeod was in a terrible car accident with one of his former students. As a result of the accident, McLeod was permanently disfigured and the student died. Due to his horrific disfigurement, McLeod has spent the past few years in seclusion making his living by painting. His reclusive life is upset when a young man, Chuck (Nick Stahl), seeks out McLeod. Chuck desperately wants to pass a military entrance exam and he thinks McLeod can help him accomplish this. Succumbing to Chuck's persistence, McLeod agrees to help the boy. For different reasons, the two keep their relationship a secret. When others find out Chuck has been spending time with Justin they are suspicious of the older man's intentions.


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  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The best that can be said about Mr. Gibson as a director -- and this is no mean achievement -- is that it's often possible to forget he was the man behind the camera. Most of this ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Minor reservations aside, The Man Without a Face is a moving and substantial achievement. [25 Aug 1993, p.1]

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Gibson, as director, doesn't give himself a soppy speech explaining why he doesn't say them. He lets us figure it out. That is the essence of the story and, we eventually realize, ...

Geoffrey Lewis

Geoffrey Lewis

Chief Wayne Stark

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Justin McLeod

Richard Masur

Richard Masur

Prof. Carl Hartley

Nick Stahl

Nick Stahl

Charles E. 'Chuck' Norstadt

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Todd Lansing

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