Overall Rank: 4520
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 65
Theatrical Release Date: 08/25/1993
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Mel Gibson
Actors: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton, Fay Masterson, Gaby Hoffmann, Geoffrey Lewis
Plot: A classic coming-of-age story between a boy and a man with a disfigured face. -- sapien
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/18/2012
Mel Gibson's directorial debut is a little conventional and, occasionally, cliched, but what elevates the material is the touching portrayal of the title character by Gibson himself, who brings a real and understated performance into every scene.
sapien - wrote on 12/02/2009
It's a touching story that deserved to be told.
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MovieAddict - wrote on 03/31/2012
I’ve just finished watching this film and I must say Mel Gibson’s (in his first directorial effort) performance really moved me. Here he plays Justin McLeod, a horribly scarred former teacher who lives in recluse away from the gossip of everyone because of an unfortunate incident in his past. One day he meets a troubled young boy Chuck Norstadt (introducing a youthful Nick Stahl – Terminator 3) who actually wants to go to a military school and follow in his father’s footsteps but he doesn’t have the grades to do so. Chuck solicits his help and although McLeod is rather hesitant to do so, he becomes his tutor to help him study for his exams. The two form a bit of a bond as he teaches the boy writing, art, poetry and the power of the mind to look at things in different …
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