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The Man Without a Face

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Original title
The Man Without a Face
Running time
114 min.
United States United States
Malcolm MacRury (Novel: Isabelle Holland)
James Horner
Donald McAlpine
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Warner Bros.
Drama | 1960s. Childhood. Family Relationships
Synopsis / Plot
Young Chuck Norstadt (Nick Stahl) is tired of his mother’s ever-changing boyfriends, his obnoxious teenage half-sister and his younger tagalong half-sister, making the summer with them in a remote coastal town seemingly unbearable. More than anything, Chuck yearns to attend military school and follow in the steps of his deceased fighter pilot father, whose memory he has completely idealized. After he fails the entrance exam to his father’s alma mater, Chuck is determined to spend his summer preparing to take the exam again. He enlists the help of the mysterious and reclusive Justin McLeod (Mel Gibson), a former teacher. Against his better judgment, McLeod, whose facial disfigurement is the source of constant town gossip, becomes Chuck’s tutor. As the two prepare for the exam, they forge an unlikely friendship. Chuck begins to see McLeod as a father figure, and ultimately must come to terms with truth about his own father. McLeod, meanwhile, begins to feel human again as a result of his interaction with Chuck. Mel Gibson (BRAVEHEART) makes his directorial debut with this touching coming-of-age tale, based on the acclaimed novel by Isabelle Holland.
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