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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Cast

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Gar
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Evelyn
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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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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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1st Boyfriend
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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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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

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

[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

Referenced in Family Guy: Total Recall (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tutti Frutti
Written by Dorothy La Bostrie(as Dorothy Labostrie) / Little Richard(as Richard Penniman)
Performed by Little Richard
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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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