The Man without a Face

The Man without a Face

Mel Gibson (1993)

114min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Mel Gibson marked his directorial debut with this low-key coming-of-age drama set in the late 1960s. Gibson also takes the title role of the horribly scarred former teacher, who lives a reclusive life away from the gossip of his small-town neighbours. He is gradually drawn out of his shell by an unhappy young boy (Nick Stahl) who secures Gibson's services as a tutor, but their close relationship eventually comes back to haunt him. Gibson takes a back seat to his young lead, and Stahl doesn't disappoint, delivering a moving, intense performance. The support cast, including Margaret Whitton as Stahl's marriage-happy mother, plays characters that are also skilfully drawn, and, although Gibson the director sometimes errs too much on the side of sentimentality, it remains an assured debut.

Summary

A reclusive and disfigured former teacher meets a lonely teenager, who hires his services as a tutor to get the grades he needs to enrol at the same military school as his father. In time they form a bond, learning to support each other through life's ups and downs - but the schoolteacher's troubled past is about to catch up with him. Drama, directed by and starring Mel Gibson. With Nick Stahl and Margaret Whitton.

Cast & Crew

Justin McLeod Mel Gibson
Chuck Nick Stahl
Catherine Margaret Whitton
Gloria Fay Masterson
Megan Gaby Hoffmann
Chief Stark Geoffrey Lewis
Carl Richard Masur
Douglas Hall Michael DeLuise
Director Mel Gibson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Drama