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Mask (1985)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  22 March 1985 (USA)
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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Adams
Ben Piazza ...
Mr. Simms
L. Craig King ...
Lorrie (as Kelly Minter)
1st Boyfriend


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 <>

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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 »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's Mask  »

Box Office


$42,400,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When Cher was cast in the film, she wanted her then boyfriend, Val Kilmer to play Gar but he was rejected for being too young for the part. See more »


In the final scenes when Rusty destroys the kitchen, after she has taken the mug and destroyed all the glasses on the wooden shelf, the next scene in which she walks back into Rocky's bedroom, you can clearly see that there is blood on the right side of her forehead, making it appear as if she apparently got cut by some of the flying glass. 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 Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


Little Egypt
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by Cher / Eric Stoltz
(Director's cut version only)
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Hard to Watch at Times, But a Very Good Film.
3 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) is the subject of this heart-breaking film that pulls absolutely no punches. The youngster was born with a disease that caused his face to be terribly deformed, making it appear that he had a mask on. Cher is excellent as Stoltz's drug-addicted mother who is so good with him, but so poor with most everyone else. Sam Elliott also leaves a lasting impression as a biker who is much gentler than he appears. An amazing screenplay and the flawless direction of Peter Bogdanovich help to make "Mask" one of the best films of the 1980s. Terribly over-looked. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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