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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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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22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's Mask  »

Box Office

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$42,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Cher, Mask was filmed in Rocky and Rusty's old neighborhood, one day she was walking down street with Eric Stoltz (in makeup) and an old man yelled Hi at Eric. He tells Eric "I'm so happy to see you, I heard you died". Cher says he was so happy that they didn't have the heart to tell him the truth. See more »

Goofs

When recounting the beginning of the Trojan War to his class, Rocky mentions the Trojan horse. The teacher doesn't correct him, even though the Greek story states that the Trojan horse ended the war many years after it begin. See more »

Quotes

[to a student staring at her son's face]
Rusty Dennis: What's the matter, never seen anyone from the planet Vulcan before?
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Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
Written by Little Richard(as Richard Penniman) / Leo Price
Performed by Little Richard
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A wonderful tear jerker that is also fun.
8 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has moved me since it first came out in the 1980's. The

performances- particularly by Cher and Eric Stoltz as Rusty and Rocky

Dennis- are fantastic, the camera work (by the great Lazlo Kovacs) fluid

and superb, the make up won an academy award, the music perfect, and the

story, well, it's almost too good to be true. It's real life we're

watching here, and knowing that it's also a true story makes it all the

more touching and wonderful. I watched it with my boyfriend, then my

husband, and now with my children. It's a simple tale of triumph of the

spirit, but it goes deep and really stays with you if you let it. If you

haven't seen this movie yet, go out and rent it tonight, you won't be

disappointed.......


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