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Mask (1985)

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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

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Peter Bogdanovich
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cher ... Rusty Dennis
Sam Elliott ... Gar
Eric Stoltz ... Rocky Dennis
Estelle Getty ... Evelyn
Richard Dysart ... Abe
Laura Dern ... Diana
Micole Mercurio ... Babe
Harry Carey Jr. ... Red
Dennis Burkley ... Dozer
Lawrence Monoson ... Ben
Ben Piazza ... Mr. Simms
L. Craig King L. Craig King ... Eric
Alexandra Powers ... Lisa
Kelly Jo Minter ... Lorrie (as Kelly Minter)
Joe Unger ... 1st Boyfriend
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Storyline

Rusty Dennis (Cher) is the mother of Rocky (Eric Stoltz), a seriously deformed, but extremely intelligent and emotionally warm teenager. Rusty is a no-nonsense mother whose wild lifestyle is often at odds with her tenderness and protectiveness towards Rocky. She is determined that Rocky be given the same chances and happiness that everyone else takes for granted. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Sometimes the most unlikely people become heroes. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene where Grandpa Abe (Richard Dysart) gave Rocky (Eric Stoltz) the baseball card, when he goes to hang the card with the other ones, he put the tack through the middle of the card, instead of the plastic sleeve. This would reduce the value of the card. See more »

Goofs

When Rocky looks in the carnival mirror it alters his deformed face to appear almost normal. They send for his mother (Cher) to look at him. The same mirror that altered Rocky's face to appear normal should have deformed his mother's face. But when you see them looking in the mirror, Cher's face is looking perfect. Also, Rocky's nose casts a shadow in the mirror; on his actual face, the bridge of his nose casts no shadow. See more »

Quotes

[to a student staring at her son's face]
Rusty Dennis: What's the matter, never seen anyone from the planet Vulcan before?
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Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut print runs around 7 minutes longer and includes a scene where Rocky & Rusty sing around a bonfire, and the funeral of cyclist Red (his motorbike is buried beside him). It also replaces the Bob Seger songs with those of Bruce Springsteen. See more »


Soundtracks

Sweet Home Alabama
Written by Ronnie Van Zant / Gary Rossington / Edward King(as Ed King)
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
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User Reviews

A very good movie
22 April 1999 | by Fox-54See all my reviews

This movie is unique. Everybody must see it. It is very sentimental, but it is not exasperated. Great Cher, great Eric Stoltz, great Sam Elliot. This movie makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you think about the lucky aspects of life and the unlucky ones. One of the most striking aspects is that good feelings are found in an environment that most people think is bad: a young ex-drug addict mother, a group of motorcyclists. I will not tell you what is Mask, I just tell you he is a normal guy except for a difference: find it by your own, you will be satisfied. Surely a good movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's Mask See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,499, 10 March 1985

Gross USA:

$48,230,162

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,230,162
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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