The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was incinerated and for which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. He is also suspected of being a pedophile. He is befriended by Chuck, causing the town's suspicion and hostility to be ignited. McLeod inculcates in his protege a love of justice and freedom from prejudice which sustains him beyond the end of the film.
|Mel Gibson||Justin McLeod|
|Nick Stahl||Charles E. 'Chuck' Norstadt|
|Margaret Whitton||Catherine Palin|
|Fay Masterson||Gloria Norstadt|
|Gaby Hoffmann||Megan Norstadt|
|Geoffrey Lewis||Chief Wayne Stark|
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