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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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This is a latter-day noir masterpiece, far too low-key, grimey, and pessimistic to get the respect it deserved the first time around, but thanks to Amazon, maybe it is now getting the reappraisal it richly deserves. If memory serves correctly, Roger Ebert was one of the few critics to understand how good this thing was during its initial run.
Director Walter Hill was on a tear in the late 70s until the mid 80s (with a certain revival period in the 90s, when he dipped his toe into the Western Genre). This movie features several actors at the peak of their powers, including Morgan Freeman (before he was typecast as a good-natured, paternalistic friend (i.e. in "The Bucket List" or "Shawshank Redemption"). Ellen Barken and Lance Henriksen are suitably over the top, and Forrest Whitaker inhabits his character with compassion and sensitivity. The only possible weak link is a miscast Elizabeth McGovern doing a painfully bad Cajun/Creole accent. The city of New Orleans (previously featured in Hill's "Hard Times" with Charles Bronson) is also a strong presence throughout. The Big Easy is almost another character in this film, especially during the graveyard shootout at the end.
his portayal of his character was fantastic! wonderfully done. mickey rourke does have a gift.
I'm glad this finally came to blu-ray in a pristine condition 1080 p widescreen with some ok bonus features (the features are fine but they do not include Hill or any of the main cast). I just wanted the movie. Hopefully someday Lion's Gate or whoever puts out Walter Hill's "Extreme Prejudice" properly. Both this and that were only available in crappy cropped versions.
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Now that I saw it again, it's way better then I thought.
The story is well built, Mickely Rourke's acting was well done.Read more
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