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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Rusty Dennis is the mother of Rocky, 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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They told 16-year-old Rocky Dennis he could never be like everyone else. So he was determined to be better. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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22 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Peter Bogdanovich's Mask  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie Rocky helps blind girl Diana to learn about the world, particularly colours, the real Rocky Dennis was in fact legally blind. See more »

Goofs

When Rocky is riding the horse, and pulls up along side of Diana, he says, "On your right." He should have said, "On your left." May be deliberate to show Rocky's lack of riding experience. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Dennis: What's his problem, Ma?
Rusty Dennis: Nothing. He's just another asshole. You let that negative dreck in and it'll put ya away. You can be a chickenshit and die or be a mensch and keep makin' yourself well.
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The River
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
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A triumph in storytelling.
19 February 2005 | by (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Definitely one of the best films made in 1985; Peter Bogdanovich's "Mask" is an engrossing character study on the life of Rocky Dennis, and the somewhat tumultuous but always loving relationship he shared with his mom Rusty. Tragic, touching, inspirational – the movie succeeds in proving the importance of maintaining a positive attitude despite life's adversities. Bogdanovich masterfully draws stunning performances from all of the principle players. With several noteworthy scenes throughout the film where Cher shines, it's no surprise she won the best actress trophy at Cannes for her role as Rusty; effectively depicting a loving mother who is incredibly strong willed, yet also lost and vulnerable. No other actress would have made the portrayal so gut wrenchingly real – it's a shame she wasn't awarded the Oscar as well. Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott, and Laura Dern are also magnificent. The incredible acting by everyone involved really makes this film such a rewarding and worthwhile experience, with the viewer being taken on an intimate journey through the lives of every day people facing extraordinary circumstances. If possible, see the original version with the Bob Seger soundtrack – the re-release DVD contains only the Springsteen soundtrack; which one would have expected a Director's Cut edition to have both choices. Having seen the original so many times, I opted to hunt down the now out-of-print original theatrical release by Image Entertainment for my collection. Not to be missed by anyone with an interest in true life stories. Highly recommended – a 9/10.


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