Johnny Handsome (1989)

Johnny_handsomeBy Scott Goldfine

Mickey Rourke stars as Johnny Handsome ― a horribly disfigured criminal who gets a fresh start after undergoing plastic surgery. Directed by Walter Hill (“48 Hrs.”), this flimsy attempt at film noir is riddled with clichés and wastes a fine cast.

The movie’s sole source of energy is Ellen Barkin, who electrifies as a vivacious villainess. Also stars Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman and Forest Whitaker. Rated R.


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