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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Evelyn
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Abe
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Diana
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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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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 »

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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Rocky Dennis: Mom. Do I look like a freak to you?
Rusty Dennis: No.
Rocky Dennis: You know, your always been big on telling me when my face doesn't matter, but, it does. Doesn't it? You think that I can't even get a girl to like me unless you pay for her.
Rusty Dennis: That's not true.
Rocky Dennis: Bullshit!
Rusty Dennis: Bullshit yourself. You know lots of young guys got problems getting girls. Well, what if I was your dad and I did the same thing?
Rocky Dennis: I'd hate that too!
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Connections

Referenced in Angel: Hero (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Egypt
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by Cher / Eric Stoltz
(Director's cut version only)
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User Reviews

first rate
18 March 2001 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that makes you feel good. Despite the knowledge of Rocky's inevitable fate, you will like this film. Watching him deal with other kids' initial fear and hatred towards him because of his appearance, he eventually gets them to like and respect him. The best part is that this is based on a true story. You will love it, guaranteed.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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