Johnny Handsome (1989)

Walter Hill directs Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin and Lance Henriksen in this neo-noir thriller where a disfigured criminal gets plastic surgery and goes after the crew who set him up.

And Morgan Freeman. And Scott Wilson. And Forest Whitaker. And why haven’t I seen this movie before? It feels like something I should have encountered much earlier in my movie fandom. The actual state of play is pretty stodgy. Nothing happens that hasn’t been done a load better elsewhere. Yet that cast is undeniably spectacular even if the material ain’t. Especially Ellen Barkin who completely runs off with a very nasty villainess role.


Perfect Double Bill: Angel Heart (1987)

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