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The Man Without A Face [DVD]

Mel Gibson , Nick Stahl , Mel Gibson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton, Fay Masterson, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Directors: Mel Gibson
  • Producers: Bruce Davey
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2DU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,497 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mel Gibson directed and starred in this rites of passage movie. Gibson plays the disfigured teacher McLeod, who befriends a young and lonely boy Chuck Nastadt, and secretly provides him with tuition so that he can pass the entry exams of the military academy once attended by the boy's late father. The friendship causes gossip amongst the tightly knit community, leading to accusations of abuse against the innocent McLeod.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a Face...not without Heart 11 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
Mel Gibson in his directorial debut adapts Isablee Holland's 1972 novel with the major difference of course being that Mel's Justin McLeod is painted far more morally acceptable..for obvious reasons I won't say here.

Nic Stahl makes his debut as Chuck Nordstadt and along the way we're sucked into the world of a young teenager trying to escape the reality of being son to a single mother with two half-sisters.

The acting is first class, first Stahl as the potty-mouthed and later passionate Chuck and then Mel as McLeod who assumes the role as tutor to the boy during one memeroable summer.

Of course there's a catch to the feel good drama, McLeod is a hideous loner who is not accepted by the community around him and it takes the slightly less predjudiced and desperation of Chuck to find out all is not as it seems.

This is one of my favourite movies in my collection, having watched it last night again I can say that is really is one of those rare movies that never loses its appeal or doesn't get worse with age. Chuck is still Chuck, you will root for him and McLeod is still admirable, witty and "more than the role on the stage he was meant to play".

Sentimental, very Stand by Me-ish but having a lot more adult themes aluded to by the review above its a classic for me and great evidence Braveheart, Apocylpto and the Patriot wouldnt of been just big budget humdinger flukes without the great direction of Gibson.

The final shot with McLeod waving back as he walks away still gets me 10/10
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Journey Into Hope. 7 Sep 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The fact that an underlying sadness pervades this film should not deter those that like to be shown a different view of the world and those that like Mel Gibsons' prodigious talents. This is a beautiful - as well as sad - film with the director Mel using all of his skills to guide the films message into our hearts. The message is of the deep rooted prejudices held by people and the truly epic battles fought by everyday people everyday. Much acclaim must go to the boy hero of the film who befriends the friendless Mel and then grows to be a person of whom Mel is proud. Expect no easy or happy answers - but do expect a realistically visioned hopeful ending. Well worth watching.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
On the surface this is just another story about an adult helping a disadvantaged child develop his potential. But their meeting is embedded in a social environment that takes its own liberalism and freedom of choice for granted while totally blind to the fact that its prejudices and self-absorption are as apt to destroy a sensitive soul as all the Victorian restrictions of our forefathers put together. Mel Gibson, as a teacher maimed in both body and soul, gives one of his most moving and sensitive performances, both as the main character and the director of the film, while Nick Stahl makes a memorable film-debut as the pre-teen product of a thoroughly dysfunctional family. It is his inner sense of direction, of where he wants his life to go, that ultimately heals both him and his teacher. One unforgettable character among many fine performances, is that of the mother, a perpetual flowerchild aware of the fact that "she was not made for this mothering business." That, in a nutshell, is what gives the story its depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY TOUCHING FILM 4 Sep 2006
By M. W.
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Mel Gibson's all action films do not normally appeal to me. However, I rate this as one of the best and most moving films I have ever seen. Nick Stahl was so natural in it, and Mel Gibson was superlative. His whole range of expressions and body language, showing sadness, pleasure, rejection etc. are a master class in showing how very poignant such subtle acting can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Without a Face 23 Nov 2012
By Sky
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I found that "The Man Without a Face" is an inspiring film focusing on people's prejudices and how we judge one another by our appearances. This seems a more modern take on "Phantom of The Opera", however rather than being a twisted romance this drama presents the idea of how people are quick to jump to conclusions. A good watch and read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another man/boy film? Not really ! 29 Jan 2010
By L.C
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Excellent addition to your DvD collection. This is a story of friendship in a world that has sexualised every human bond between individuals to its detriment; this is encapsulated in the bigoted attitudes of the towns people and especially the towns officials as Justin McLeod attempts to cope with the past.
He is revitalised in the relationship that develops with his young pupil Chuck Norstadt and begins to live again.
More than just a 'sloppy' story when you focus on the undertone themes, it shows how the world has turned upside down in its views and cynicism
McLeods actions towards Norstadt are summarised in one sentence in the film when he faces his myopic accusers in the town hall office... "It was a moment of....."

Buy this film...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have both of these films and as a big mel gibson fan enjoyed both. The man without a face is my fave film and have enjoyed it many a time. The story is one of a great relationship between wel and a young boy. They both help each other to dicover themseves. A great film which has made me cry on many a time.
Forever young, in my eyes not as good as without a face(cause thats my fave) but still a good film. Another one about a relationship between two people. Not give to much away but i did enjoy it.
Both these films are great and show mel gibson with great talent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie
Very well produced and quite a moving story
Published 1 month ago by woody
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE
LOVED THIS FILM REALLY SAD AT TIMES
Published 2 months ago by COCARLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this film it's so moving and great play acting
Published 3 months ago by davethebuilder
5.0 out of 5 stars The man without a face
Received in Excellent condition and what a brilliant film to watch takes you out of this world and into Mels brillaint
Published 11 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Mel Gibson
Brilliant, heart warming film. Can be for couples or the family. My partner and I went on a mel gibson craze and brought a few :)
Published 18 months ago by Glitter princess
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I loved this DVD when I was younger and brought it for my daughter, it arrived quickly and it is really nice to be able to watch it again.
Published on 9 Oct 2012 by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Without a Face)is asking us to.Open our eyes and our heart and...
(THE FILM):
Since a tragic accident left him hideously scarred seven years ago, Justin MacLeod has hidden away in his cliff-side retreat. Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by S. F. husseiny
3.0 out of 5 stars yawn
not one of Mel Gibson's best films. It is very slow and not a lot happens. Its ok but not worth buying.
Published on 25 Sep 2009 by Tulip
5.0 out of 5 stars The face of the bigots
That's a strange film indeed. The situation is not innocuous, far from it. It cannot be considered as being a simple emotional or sentimental film, not even a social film. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2009 by Jacques COULARDEAU
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