Johnny Handsome

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Overview

Small-time crook Mickey Rourke is mockingly named Johnny Handsome because of his grotesquely deformed face. While in stir on a robbery rap, Rourke is knifed by convicts in the employ of his former partner--and now bitter enemy--Lance Henriksen. While in the prison hospital, Rourke is cared for by a kindly doctor Forrest Whitaker, who believes that the key to Rourke's rehabilitation might be a literal change of face. Undergoing plastic surgery, Rourke emerges as virtually unrecognizable to everyone but the ...
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Overview

Small-time crook Mickey Rourke is mockingly named Johnny Handsome because of his grotesquely deformed face. While in stir on a robbery rap, Rourke is knifed by convicts in the employ of his former partner--and now bitter enemy--Lance Henriksen. While in the prison hospital, Rourke is cared for by a kindly doctor Forrest Whitaker, who believes that the key to Rourke's rehabilitation might be a literal change of face. Undergoing plastic surgery, Rourke emerges as virtually unrecognizable to everyone but the audience. Paroled, Rourke seems to be willing to follow a straight and narrow path. Seems to be. Only Morgan Freeman, playing a hard-bitten law officer, sees through Rourke's "new leaf."
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Special Features

"Wordsmith" featurette; "Eye of the beholder" featurette; "Action man" featurette; Original theatrical trailer; Video still gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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It's ironic that a film about physical deformity cured by plastic surgery undergoes a facelift of its own part way through, changing from an original cinematic entity into an all-too-ordinary crime thriller. Johnny Handsome goes downhill about the time that a facially misshapen and vocally muffled Mickey Rourke -- who seems to be giving a daring, vanity-free performance -- is miraculously transformed, scar- and slur-free, into the smoldering brooder we know so well. As soon as the makeup -- a superlative effort by former Oscar nominees Michael Westmore and Zoltan Elek -- gets stripped away, Johnny Handsome loses its vitality, resembling one of Rourke's prototypical seedy noirs a lot more than a thoughtful contemplation of identity and physical appearance. It's also unfortunately familiar territory for director Walter Hill, whose smart visual style, including some sharp cutting on form, gets neutralized by narrative clichés. Johnny Handsome hearkens back to the days when Morgan Freeman was still allowed to play unsympathetic characters, only two years after his menacing turn as Fast Black in Street Smart.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • UPC: 012236110446
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 43,012

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rourke John Sedley
Ellen Barkin Sunny Boyd
Elizabeth McGovern Donna McCarty
Morgan Freeman Lt. A.Z. Drones
Forest Whitaker Dr. Steven Fisher
Lance Henriksen Rafe Garrett
Scott Wilson Mikey Chaimette
Gie-G Duncombe Accounting Secretary
John P. Fertitta Prestige Salesman
Bonnie Timmermann
Edward Walsh Judge
David Schramm Vic Dumask
Yvonne Bryceland Sister Luke
Peter Jason Mr. Bonet
J.W. Smith Larry
Jeffrey Meek Earl
Allan Graf Bob Lemoyne
Ed Zang Prestige Manager
Raynor Scheine Gun Dealer
Jim Burk Prison Guard
Ken Medlock Shipyard Accountant
Dick Butler Shipyard Security Guard
Blake Clark Sheriff
Eugenia Ives Nurse
Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director
Donn Aron Editor
Ernie Bishop Set Decoration/Design
Ry Cooder Score Composer
Freeman Davies Jr. Editor
Carmel Davies Editor
Zoltan Elek Makeup
Ken Friedman Screenwriter
Richard Bryce Goodman Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Lee Graf Stunts
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Ted Kurdyla Associate Producer, Production Designer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Joseph P. Mercurio Special Effects
Nicholas Meyer Screenwriter
Dan Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
Christa Munro Art Director
Charles Roven Producer
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Michael Westmore Makeup
Mae Woods Associate Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Underrated

    This was one of the more underrated films of the eighties. Good performances from an all star cast combined with the directing of the excellent Walter Hill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HILL FILM NOIR

    Walter Hill pulls off a nice homage to B film noir. There is an enjoyable trashy look to this work, fueled by Ry Cooder's sax laden soundtrack. The performance are good, with Ellen Barkin in full slut mode being the most enjoyable. You're none the worse for wasting an afternoon with this one.

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