Rolling Stone - 10/19/1989
"...The movie is spiced with malicious wit and dazzling performances....In this brutal, gripping film, Rourke means to get under our skin. And does..."
New York Times - 09/29/1989
"...It becomes a flashy crime drama played by a furiously vibrant cast in [a] hardboiled yet over-the-top manner....Barkin enthusiastically tarts up the story..."
A small-time criminal with a disfigured face takes the rap of a soured robbery. In jail, he receives a new face and is granted parole. He begins an honest life, but his old partners show up to spoil his plans, except he has plans too--for revenge.
Born with a horribly disfigured face, and unable to become part of "normal"society, John Sedley turns to a life of crime. But his two fellow gang members trick him and Johnny is sent to prison. There he meets a plastic surgeon who takes sympathy on him and surgically transforms him into a new man. Now unrecognizable to those who once new him, the once ugly duckling plots a vicious revenge.