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Mask (1985)

 -  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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Abe
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Diana Adams
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Babe
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Red
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Eric
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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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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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Technical Specs

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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

[after an unpleasant visit with the grandparents, Rusty is about to take a lot of drugs]
Gar: [gets a beer from fridge] If you're gonna get wasted on that crap, I'm not gonna hang around here and babysit you.
Rusty Dennis: [scoffs] You must be confusing me with someone who gives a shit.
Gar: I must be.
Rusty Dennis: [looks at drugs, Gar and shakes her head] You know, this is not going to work. I'm doing things to please you and I'm just gonna end up hating you.
Gar: Oh come on, Baby. You and your old man have been going through this shit ...
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Connections

References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Born in the USA
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
(Director's cut version only)
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"This is beautiful"
9 September 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Seriously, I did cry, but this wasn't an overly sappy film. I read in most of the comments that it was too sappy for some viewers. Yeah, you might cry, but rightfully. "Mask" is an excellent story. Rocky is a teenager who is very horribly disfigured. But he keeps his spirits up and just wants to fit in with the rest of the world. Cher plays his mother who is a biker chick. She loves him to death. And Rocky makes wonderful friends on the way through his life. It's a wonderful movie. I thought the story was very good and the actors were great. If you enjoyed movies like "Powder" or "Huntchback of Notre Dame", I think you would like this. I would highly recommend this film. Don't be afraid to cry.

9/10


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