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Paper Mask (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  15 November 1991 (USA)
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A lowly hospital orderly impersonates a recently deceased doctor and goes to work in the busy ER of a small hospital where he meets and befriends a nurse who slowly figures out his secret and helps him maintain his charade.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Matthew Harris
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Christine Taylor
Frederick Treves ...
Dr. Mumford
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Dr. Thorn
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Celia Mumford
Jimmy Yuill ...
Alec Moran
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Dr. Lloyd
John Warnaby ...
Dr. Hammond
Alexandra Mathie ...
Beverley
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Coroner
Frank Baker ...
Happy
Clive Rowe ...
Ants
Robert Oates ...
Head Porter
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Alison
Dale Rapley ...
Dr. Simon Hennessey
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With the papers of a young doctor who died in a deadly accident, the ambitious male nurse Matthew manages to get hired as a doctor in the casuality department of an hospital in Bristol. Nurse Christine believes it's only his nervousness, which makes him "forget" the most basic procedures. But even her help cannot prevent that his lack of qualification soon has deadly consequences... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trust me. I'm a doctor. See more »

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Rated R for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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15 November 1991 (USA)  »

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John Collee wrote the screenplay based on his own 1987 novel "A Paper Mask." See more »

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Alec Moran: [discovering a medical skeleton in Matthew's bed] I don't know what you see in these skinny women.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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THE GREAT PRETENDER
Written by Buck Ram (uncredited)
Performed by The Platters
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What an amazing film
29 April 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Went to see this movie by mistake when we just fancied a movie one night - turns out this is in my top 5 ever (although can't put it on FB because it isn't listed!!!). Gotta be the single most underrated movie of all time. Grips you, chills you, excites you and then spits you out

  • if you can sleep after this one then you don't care about a thing!!


Paul McGann is almost accidentally brilliant, and it is so well put together. I haven't written anything here about any other movie, just Paper Mask. Goes to show that it's publicity and marketing that makes you or breaks you..... Anyway, if this is out on DVD (doubt it - it doesn't even have a Wikipedia listing - disgraceful!), then it's a no brainer. When I lived in the UK Channel 4 showed it a couple of times and so I probably have it on a VHS somewhere, but sadly don't have an active VHS recorder anymore!!


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