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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Abe
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Diana Adams
Micole Mercurio ...
Babe
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Red
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Dozer
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Ben
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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's Mask  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cher declared on Charlie Rose (1991) in 1996 that this is her favorite role. She still carries resentment over not receiving an Oscar nomination for her performance, even though she won the award two years later for Moonstruck (1987). 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

Rusty Dennis: First you told me he was gonna be retarded, then you told me he was gonna be blind AND deaf. If I'd dug his grave every time one of you geniuses told me he was gonna die, I'd be eating fuckin' chop suey in China by now!
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Referenced in Face Off: Out of This World (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Badlands
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
(Director's cut version only)
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A wonderful tear jerker that is also fun.
8 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has moved me since it first came out in the 1980's. The

performances- particularly by Cher and Eric Stoltz as Rusty and Rocky

Dennis- are fantastic, the camera work (by the great Lazlo Kovacs) fluid

and superb, the make up won an academy award, the music perfect, and the

story, well, it's almost too good to be true. It's real life we're

watching here, and knowing that it's also a true story makes it all the

more touching and wonderful. I watched it with my boyfriend, then my

husband, and now with my children. It's a simple tale of triumph of the

spirit, but it goes deep and really stays with you if you let it. If you

haven't seen this movie yet, go out and rent it tonight, you won't be

disappointed.......


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