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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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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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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22 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Peter Bogdanovich's Mask  »

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The poem that "Rocky" reads to "Rusty" was written by the real Rocky Dennis. See more »

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The camp Rocky goes to is a summer camp yet they celebrate New Year's while at the camp, A sign at the New Year's party states that it is "New Year's Eve in July'". See more »

Quotes

Rocky Dennis: [poem] These things are good: ice cream and cake, a ride on a Harley, seeing monkeys in the trees, the rain on my tongue, and the sun shining on my face. These things are a drag: dust in my hair, holes in my shoes, no money in my pocket, and the sun shining on my face.
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Referenced in Northern Exposure: Rosebud (1993) See more »

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Born in the USA
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
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Hard to Watch at Times, But a Very Good Film.
3 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) is the subject of this heart-breaking film that pulls absolutely no punches. The youngster was born with a disease that caused his face to be terribly deformed, making it appear that he had a mask on. Cher is excellent as Stoltz's drug-addicted mother who is so good with him, but so poor with most everyone else. Sam Elliott also leaves a lasting impression as a biker who is much gentler than he appears. An amazing screenplay and the flawless direction of Peter Bogdanovich help to make "Mask" one of the best films of the 1980s. Terribly over-looked. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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