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Johnny Handsome [Blu-ray] (2010)

Mickey Rourke , Ellen Barkin , Walter Hill  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: John Godey, Ken Friedman
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Bruce Rubenstein, Charles Roven, Mae Woods, Mario Kassar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KV3E2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Johnny Handsome [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Mickey Rourke is John Sedley, a petty gangster whose facial deformities earned him the nickname “Johnny Handsome.” When Johnny and a friend are double-crossed during a robbery by two partners, his friend is killed and Johnny is sent to prison. There, a sympathetic surgeon makes a deal to give Johnny a new face – and a new shot at life. Once on the outside, Johnny discovers that staying straight isn’t easy. But his new look does open one door for Johnny – revenge.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, bad DVD September 21, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This moody drama piece is for the most part very good. Mickey Rourke is excellent in the title role; a disfigured criminal who gets a shot at redemption but ultimately chooses revenge.

Well directed by Walter Hill with a good music score by Ry Cooder. All the cast do a good job, the story is tight and fast paced and some good action sequences to boot.

Pity about the DVD, it's fullscreen and this deserves to be in glorious widescreen.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No honor among some thieves May 17, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I have this movie on VHS so I can't comment on the quality of the DVD as others have. As far as the movie goes, it is somewhat gut wrenching. Mickey Rourke plays the part of John Sedley (Johnny Handsome), a horribly disfigured man due to a birth defect. He isn't stupid, although a life of crime is about all he's known, but he isn't difficult to identify. He has a good friend named Mikey (Scott Wilson) who is hurting for money and persuades Johnny to do a jewelry store holdup. Johnny plans it well but two of their accomplises (Lance Henriksen and Ellen Barkin) want it all for themselves. They kill the driver and Mikey and almost get Johnny too. Johnny ends up behind bars while Raff (Henriksen) and Sunny (Barkin) buy Mikey's old establishment and are living fairly well with the proceeds from the robbery. They try to get Johnny murdered while in prison but the attempt fails. Johnny wakes up in a hospital and sees Forrest Whitaker, a plastic surgeon who wants to give Johnny a new face and a new life and does. He gets Johnny a decent job and Johnny meets and falls in love with a woman (Elizabeth McGovern) he meets there. Johnny's parole officer (Morgan Freeman) is constantly keeping tabs on him because he knows what Johnny is going to try to do: exact revenge on the two people responsible for Mikey's death. They won't recognize him now, his looks and speech don't give him away. Donna (McGovern) is in love with Johnny, he tells her about his past. She tries to persuade him to leave the past behind but Johnny can't. He could never live with knowing that the two people who killed his best friend got away with it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, lousy DVD. November 7, 2002
Format:DVD
I was at first excited to discover that Walter Hill's 1989 cult favourite was finally being released on DVD.
Unfortunately this DVD is issued by Artisan who did a an equally terrible job with Hill's Extreme Prejudice DVD.
What's so bad about it? It's Full Frame (!). The picture looks like it was transfered directly from a a muddy VCR print.
Save your money and hope that one day someone will release this DVD PROPERLY.
Artisan should be ashamed of themselves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "B" Movie with "A" Actors January 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
How can you beat this cast? Mickey Rourke, Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Forrest Whitaker, Elizabeth Montgomery, Lance Henriksen; and since it's a B movie, they all get these great, cheesy lines, and since it's set in Louisiana, they get to use that hilarious Creole-chef, swamp-talkin' accent. I'm a sucker for movies where you get to root for the likeable bad guy, even though you know he'll die in a hail of bullets. Johnny Handsome isn't camp, but it's close. A must-have for Mickey Rourke fans.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Pulp Fiction January 9, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remember seeing this film during it's initial run at a decrepit old movie palace in the Bronx with probably a handful of people in the audience. It's a shame because this unheralded gem deserved better. Before Quentin Tarantino there was Walter Hill as a purveyor of adrenaline charged pulp entertainment. Everything here clicks on all cylinders. Hill masterfully directs this intricately plotted story of a disfigured man given a second chance in life torn between going straight and settling down with a nice girl or returning to crime and getting revenge on his accomplices who set him up. New Orleans is a perfect locale with it's ominous steamy seediness. Mickey Rourke gives probably the performance of his career in capturing the poignance and ultimately the tragedy that is John Sedley. Not to be overlooked is Morgan Freeman as the cop who is tailing Johnny. Our first impulse is to loathe this character but, alas, it is he who truly knows Johnny. Lance Henriksen and Ellen Barkin are positively reptilian in their evil. Also effective are Forest Whitaker and Elizabeth McGovern as Johnny's surgeon and girlfriend who are hopeful that he can reform.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Rourke haunts my dreams in this film May 29, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I don't know how many times I've seen this film but each time I watch it Mickey Rourke just gets better. He can out act everyone else on the screen with him with the possible exception of Scott Wilson who plays his friend. Rourke has been a favorite of mine since I saw him in Body Heat and Diner and I have followed his career ups and downs with fasination. Why do I like this film, I used to work at a center for handicapped people and we have a young man who had a similar disfigurement to Rourke's in the movie. He loved movies so I took him often to see his favorites and he loved this movie because Rourke becomes in his words "beautiful." My friend died recently and I miss him and when I see this film I think that MR caught the essence of what it is to be lonley, disfigured and mad at the people who betrayed him. Often I have dreamed of Rourke in this film and I don't quite know what to make of this? But it remains one of my all time favorite Mickey Rourke movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what I wanted.
Published 3 days ago by sdjake45
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. Mickey Rourke is always good
Good movie. Mickey Rourke is always good.
Published 12 days ago by Pamela Lewandowska
2.0 out of 5 stars 5-star movie, but Amazon needs to do better...
Some customer reviews for movies go back as far as the 1990s. They complain about unrelated things (the product didn't arrive, the VHS tape was defective -- they don't even release... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tom O'Bedlam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a great movie, glad it came out in Blu- Ray. I am glad I had the opportunity to buy this movie.
Published 7 months ago by krisy fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol Mickey
Love Mickey, and got this to add to my collection of Mickey movies. This is one of his first and glad to have it. Thank you Amazon.
Published 8 months ago by cyndylu
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big (Un)Easy
Johnny Handsome is a horribly disfigured hanger-on in a gang of lowlifes about to pull off a heist. Without giving away too much of the plot here, things go wrong and Johnny ends... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joseph Hirsch
4.0 out of 5 stars I saw this back in the day and I love it
I saw this back in the day and I love it - I thought it was on the "Can't git' this" list along with the original "Salem's Lot" and the TV mini series... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Thumbs Up
A thriller to been seen over and over with the most "grab you by the seat epic SURPRISE ending" SUPERB!
Published 9 months ago by Chris Ramon
5.0 out of 5 stars ROURKE AS THE NEO NOIR ANTI-HERO QUASIMODO
THIS RANKS ALONG SIDE WITH "ANGEL HEART" AS SOME OF THE FINEST OF MICKEY ROURKE ART..."WE LOVE MICKEY IN THESE GRIMY CRIME FILMS"
(quote DAL LAZLO).
Published 10 months ago by dadaloco
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must have' movie
This film noir manages to fall short of greatness and yet it should not be overlooked given the performances of most of the major players. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Don Le Couteur
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