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Mask (1985)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  22 March 1985 (USA)
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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

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Cast

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Babe
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Red
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Dozer
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Mr. Simms
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Eric
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Lisa
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Lorrie (as Kelly Minter)
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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's Mask  »

Box Office

Gross:

$42,400,000 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Springsteen's music was chosen for several reasons. It was the real Rocky's favorite music, and it served to denote the passage of time. Springsteen wanted his music used in the original release, but the owners of his catalog at that time could not agree on a royalty rate with the studio. The music was reinstated for the Director's Cut when Springsteen himself pushed for its inclusion. See more »

Goofs

When they all go to the carnival, Rusty is wearing a black mini skirt. In the Director's Cut version, the next scene after Rocky and Rusty looking at his reflection in the fun-house mirror is the campfire where Rocky and Rusty perform Little Egypt. Here, Rusty is wearing black jeans. The next scene, after the fist fight breaks out at the campfire, is Rusty and Gar kissing on her front step, which appears after the funhouse mirror scene in the original and Rusty is wearing the black mini skirt again. 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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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manhunt in Space (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Dedicated to the One I Love
Written by Lowman Pauling / Ralph Bass
Performed by The Shirelles
(Director's cut version only)
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Cher in a wonderful performance
7 December 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Eric Stoltz plays Rocky Dennis, a teen afflicted with a horribly disfiguring disease. He lives with his mom, Rusty (Cher), a sometime junkie who pals around with a gang of bikers.

Between coping with his mom's antics, dealing with the prejudice he encounters and the debilitating migraines he suffers from, Rocky still manages to win over his teachers and classmates, becoming an inspiration to them.

While the story initially seems to be about Rocky, it's also about Rusty. She wants everyone to see her as the tough biker chick who can handle anyone and anything that comes her way, including Rocky's disease and the strangers who stare. This is her mask. She's really scared to death for Rocky and turns to the alcohol and drugs to help her cope.

A great film based on a true story, Mask will convince you that sometimes the most unlikely people become heroes.


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