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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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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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's Mask  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$42,400,000 (USA)

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Peter Bogdanovich and Cher fought bitterly on set, as the director found the actress difficult and inexperienced. Cher also had difficulty sustaining whole takes without breaking character. Bogdanovich compromised by departing from his usual deep-focus, long take photography by shooting Cher in close up to capture her natural charisma, in particular her sad eyes. See more »


The camp Rocky goes to is a summer camp yet they celebrate New Year's while at the camp, See more »


Rusty Dennis: [her final line, after finding that Rocky has passed away in his sleep] ... Now you can go anywhere you want, baby.
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Referenced in Face Off: Out of This World (2011) See more »


Written by Robert Hunter / Jerry Garcia
Performed by Grateful Dead
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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A very good movie
22 April 1999 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This movie is unique. Everybody must see it. It is very sentimental, but it is not exasperated. Great Cher, great Eric Stoltz, great Sam Elliot. This movie makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you think about the lucky aspects of life and the unlucky ones. One of the most striking aspects is that good feelings are found in an environment that most people think is bad: a young ex-drug addict mother, a group of motorcyclists. I will not tell you what is Mask, I just tell you he is a normal guy except for a difference: find it by your own, you will be satisfied. Surely a good movie.

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