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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 attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Adams
Ben Piazza ...
Mr. Simms
L. Craig King ...
Lorrie (as Kelly Minter)
1st Boyfriend


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 »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's Mask  »

Box Office


$42,400,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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After production, Cher and Eric Stoltz dated briefly. See more »


When Rocky looks in the carnival mirror it alters his deformed face to appear almost normal. They send for his mother (Cher) to look at him. The same mirror that altered Rocky's face to appear normal should have deformed his mother's face. But when you see them looking in the mirror, Cher's face is looking perfect. Also, Rocky's nose casts a shadow in the mirror; on his actual face, the bridge of his nose casts no shadow. See more »


Rocky Dennis: [smashes some plates] I hate you going out every night and coming home wasted all the time!
Rusty Dennis: It's none of your goddamn business!
Rocky Dennis: You're my mother!
Rusty Dennis: Well, you're not my warden!
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Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011) See more »


Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
(Director's cut version only)
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User Reviews

One of the finest films ever made
24 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Mask" is truly a beautiful movie. It shows the possibilities of what courage and love can do. I cannot see the film without crying, but I always feel uplifted after watching it, and the cathartic experience of watching it stays with me for days afterwards. I love how Rocky finds someone at the school for the blind who cannot see his face but loves him for his heart. I suppose we are all looking for that. And the power of his mother's love is something that stays with you forever. Peter Bogdanovich, Cher, Eric Stoltz, and the others who participated in making this film should be very proud of the wonderful movie they created. It has affected many, many lives. The real life story of Rocky Dennis will always be there, on DVD, to enrich young generations to come.

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