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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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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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 »

Genres:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Bogdanovich was inspired to make this film as a tribute to his former lover, the late model and actress Dorothy Stratten. Bogdanovich recounted how Stratten was interested in the story of Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man. She felt a strong relation to Merrick, as she too, felt like an outsider; she felt greatly distressed when people looked at her on the street, as though she "[got] ice cream on her dress." See more »

Goofs

When Cher opens her beer can in the camping scene near the beginning of the movie, the can has a stay tab. These were not used on cans until the 80s. Cans prior to then used pull tabs. See more »

Quotes

Gar: Rocky, your mom sometimes does the wrong things, but for the right reasons.
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Connections

Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Dirty Work
Written by Walter Becker / Donald Fagen
Performed by Steely Dan
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User Reviews

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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