When dealing with themes of physical deformity, Hollywood has limited itself mainly to horror movies and problem dramas like MASK. Action director Walter Hill tries to stretch those boundaries a bit in JOHNNY HANDSOME, testing the unexplored ground between conventional shock and
conventional uplift in the use of the subject, but the effort yields mixed results. Mickey Rourke plays the ironically named title character, a severely deformed Louisianan who lives by his criminal wits. After his accomplices in a robbery (Ellen Barkin and Lance Henriksen) gun down his best
friend, take off with the loot, and leave Johnny to take the rap for the heist, Johnny is sent to pr...