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Writer:
Anna Hamilton Phelan (written by)
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Release Date:
22 March 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They told 16-year-old Rocky Dennis he could never be like everyone else. So he was determined to be better. See more »
Plot:
A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Unique Film See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Cher ... Florence 'Rusty' Dennis

Sam Elliott ... Gar

Eric Stoltz ... Roy L.'Rocky' Dennis

Estelle Getty ... Evelyn

Richard Dysart ... Abe

Laura Dern ... Diana Adams

Micole Mercurio ... Babe

Harry Carey Jr. ... Red

Dennis Burkley ... Dozer

Lawrence Monoson ... Ben
Ben Piazza ... Mr. Simms
L. Craig King ... Eric

Alexandra Powers ... Lisa

Kelly Jo Minter ... Lorrie (as Kelly Minter)

Joe Unger ... 1st Boyfriend

Todd Allen ... Canuck
Howard Hirdler ... Stickman
Jeannie Dimter Barton ... Jr. High Secretary

Steve James ... Hospital Intern
Cathy Arden ... Hospital Doctor

Andrew Robinson ... Doctor Vinton
Ivan J. Rado ... Dr. Rudinsky
Anna Hamilton Phelan ... Puppy Lady

Wayne Grace ... Drug Dealer

Nick Cassavetes ... T.J.
Les Dudek ... Bone
Rebecca Wood ... Angel (as Rebecca Sharkey)
Paige Matthews ... Stickman's Girl
Patricia Pelham ... Canuck's Girl
Gale Ricketts ... Sunshine's Girl
Stan Ross ... Drunken Biker
Scott Willardsen ... Jr. High Student
Marsha Warfield ... Homeroom Teacher
Allison Roth ... Nancy Lawrence
David Scott Milton ... History Teacher

Creed Bratton ... Carnival Ticket Taker
Charles Taylor ... 2nd Boyfriend
Rummel Mor ... Track Runner

Barry Tubb ... Dewey
Norman Kaplan ... Himself
Marilyn Hamilton ... Mr. Kaplan's Aide

Anna Thea Bogdanovich ... Woman Counselor (as Anna Thea)
Louis Waldon ... Camp Cook

Toni Sawyer ... Mrs. Adams
Lou Felder ... Mr. Adams
Christopher Rydell ... Senior High Student
Beth McKinley ... Senior High Student
Jill Whitlow ... Anne Marie
Eddie Paul ... Biker

Michael Adams ... Biker (as Mike Adams)
Jeff Jensen ... Biker
Jack Wright ... Biker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Hack
Jo-El Sonnier ... Sunshine
Robert 'Duckie' Carpenter ... Blind Boy (uncredited)
Djuna Hobbs ... Camp Counselor (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Bogdanovich 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anna Hamilton Phelan  written by

Produced by
Howard P. Alston .... co-producer (as Howard Alston)
C.J. Kettler .... executive producer
George Morfogen .... associate producer
Peggy Robertson .... associate producer
Martin Starger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dennis Ricotta 
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara Ford 
 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Michael Chinich 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Newberry 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard J. DeCinces  (as Richard J. de Cinces)
 
Makeup Department
Hazel Catmull .... hair stylist
Sherry Caudle .... body makeup
Tommy Cole .... makeup artist: Cher
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist: Rocky (as Zoltan)
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist
Renate Leuschner .... hair stylist: Cher (as Renate Leuschner Pless)
Brian Penikas .... test prosthetics
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katy Emde .... first assistant director
Robert Williams .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Fred Chapman .... property master
Craig Gentry .... standby painter
Tom Margozewitz .... set property master
Phil Read .... construction coordinator (as Philip Read)
Greg Sachen .... lead man
Andrew Probert .... pre-production artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bruce Bell .... sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Crew Chamberlain .... boom operator
Crew Chamberlain .... sound recordist
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... sound editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Michael H. Ford .... sound editor
Gil Hudson .... adr editor
Angie Luckey .... assistant sound editor
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Sam Shaw .... supervising sound editor
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor (as John M. Stacy)
Bruce Stambler .... sound editor
Ray West .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith A. Wester .... sound recordist (as Keith Wester)
 
Special Effects by
Danny Lester .... special effects (as Dan Lester)
 
Stunts
Michael Barnett .... stunts
Steve Morey .... stunt double
Eddie Paul .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... chief lighting technician (as Richmond Aguilar)
Paul Caven .... best boy electrical
Steve Greaves .... best boy grip
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer (as Gemma LaMana Wills)
Paul Mindrup .... second assistant camera
Bob Munoz .... best boy grip
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Joseph E. Thibo .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Karl Brindle .... extras casting
David Gonzales .... casting coordinator
Nancy Nayor .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Chase .... costumer: men
Sandra Culotta .... costumer: women
April Ferry .... costumes: Cher
G. Tony Scarano .... costume supervisor: men (as Tony Scarano)
Marla Denise Schlom .... costume supervisor: women
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Lisa Zeno Churgin .... assistant editor (as Lisa Churgin)
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction
Rick Fields .... assistant editor (as Richard Fields)
Éva Gárdos .... supervising editor (as Eva Gardos)
David Williams .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Dennis Ricotta .... music editor
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John Tuell .... transportation captain
Doug Wilson .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Wilson)
 
Other crew
Marilyn Raye Bradfield .... medical technical advisor
Cathy Churchman .... animal trainer
Steve Foley .... production assistant: Bogdanovich
Jim Gerwig .... caterer
Steve Ginsberg .... unit publicist
Rosalyn Inzerella .... production coordinator
Jackie Martin .... animal trainer
Bill McCamey .... nurse: second unit
Betsy Norton .... script supervisor
Willie Radcliff .... craft service
David C. Thomas .... location manager (as David Thomas)
James Wilson .... vocal coach: Rocky
Ron Windred .... location manager
 
Thanks
Robert L. Hoyt .... particular thanks (as Robert Hoyt)
Norman Kaplan .... very special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Peter Bogdanovich's Mask" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
120 min | USA:127 min (director's cut)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Peter Bogdanovich, on Sunday, 14 March 2004, in a talk at the Cleveland Public Library (Ohio), he has secured the rights for the Bruce Springsteen songs and the print will be re-released with the music chosen the first time around. There was a possible snag when the studio told Bogdanovich that the negative of the film had been lost - they only had positive prints - but the negative hadn't really been lost - Bogdanovich had removed it from the studio some years prior. This has been released on DVD as the Director's Cut version.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When they all go to the carnival, Rusty is wearing a black mini skirt. In the Director's Cut version, the next scene after Rocky and Rusty looking at his reflection in the fun-house mirror is the campfire where Rocky and Rusty perform Little Egypt. Here, Rusty is wearing black jeans. The next scene, after the fist fight breaks out at the campfire, is Rusty and Gar kissing on her front step, which appears after the funhouse mirror scene in the original and Rusty is wearing the black mini skirt again.See more »
Quotes:
[after Rocky gave impressive speech on how Trojan War started]
Eric:That wasn't bad, Dennis. How about you tutor me?
Rocky Dennis:Tutor you?
Eric:Yeah. Cooley almost failed me last year.
Rocky Dennis:Ok. But it will cost you $3 an hour.
Eric:Three bucks?
[classroom falls silent and looks back at the two because of the sudden outburst]
Eric:[kinda tense] It's a deal.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Magic Carpet RideSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Unique Film, 27 December 2003
Author: Paula Taylor (joseaenterprises@lycos.com) from New York City

I saw this film on TV, and it really affected me, because it was so different from most of the cliche-ridden dramatic films. It didn't really fit any "genre", because the situation and characters were so different. They were truly American, bikers with a bit of bravado but underlying sensitivity and compassion, and sense of community. It makes sense that this was a true story. I thought both Stoltz and Cher did magnificent acting jobs, although Stoltz really carried the film, with his understated sense of irony and his willingness to help others, even though inflicted with such a stigma. I agree that he should have been bullied more if this was reality, yet Bogdanovich took a great risk in the superficial culture of celluloid, to devote an entire film to someone with an ugly, deformed face. Often, it was hard to look at him, and brought up questions about my own superficial judgments of people according to their appearances. I am saddened and at the same time, inspired, to hear this was a true story. Belated congratulations and thanks to all involved with this problematic, yet ultimately, encouraging, work.

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