In Cranesport, Maine, former teacher Justin McLeod (Mel Gibson) has been an outsider since the day he arrived in the peaceful village. For the last seven years, his hideous scarred face and the mystery surrounding his past have made him the object of rumour and scorn. As the only boy in his family, twelve year old Chuck Norstadt (Nkk Stahl) is living as an outsider in his own home. Chuck dreams of attending the same military school his father did - but he needs help to pass the school's gruelling entrance exam. When Chuck approaches McLeod for help, the two soon overcome their fears and differences to develop a strong friendship which transforms their lives.
A true great
- The Man Without a Face review by JD
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This is a great film. It is a welcome relief from violence / shoot out / romance which features in my opinion too frequently. It explores the pettiness of village rumour, the difficulties of a family of multiple fathers and the superficial attitude of people to physical stigmata. The plot is very real and does not have satisfying strands. There are no baddies (except everybody). Good films are basically about worthwhile stories, empathically acted and directed. This is such a film.