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Johnny Handsome

Release Date: September 29, 1989

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