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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Gar
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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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1st Boyfriend
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Certificate:

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

Kevin Costner was considered for the role of Rocky Dennis. See more »

Goofs

When Rocky is riding the horse, and pulls up along side of Diana, he says, "On your right." He should have said, "On your left." May be deliberate to show Rocky's lack of riding experience. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Dennis: What's his problem, Ma?
Rusty Dennis: Nothing. He's just another asshole. You let that negative dreck in and it'll put ya away. You can be a chickenshit and die or be a mensch and keep makin' yourself well.
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Connections

Referenced in Face Off: The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Girl
Written by Paul McCartney / John Lennon
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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User Reviews

 
Very underrated!
1 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film with an excellent story played by an excellent cast! Rocky, a teenager with a horribly disfigured skull tries to fit in. His mother, ably played by Cher, portrays a biker babe who loves her son but little else. Sam Eliot plays her biker boyfriend but also has a soft spot for Rocky. Rocky loves a blind girl, played wonderfully by Laura Dern. All in all, this is a touching, but not overly sappy film! This one is worth a watch.


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