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Paper Mask (1990)

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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

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
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
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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Storyline

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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He wanted to be a doctor, she wanted to be his lover. 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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Anestesia letale  »

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

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Dr. Thorn: [testing Matthew's ability to diagnose an elderly male patient lying in hospital bed] Feel his pulse.
Matthew Harris: [hung-over and very nervous] It's irregular.
Dr. Thorn: So?
Matthew Harris: Atrial fibrillation.
Dr. Thorn: Listen to his chest.
Matthew Harris: [placing stethoscope on patient's back] Please sit forward. Breathe in please. And out. And in, and out, and in, and out.
[to Dr. Thorn]
Matthew Harris: Basal crepitations.
Dr. Thorn: Feel his liver. Well?
Matthew Harris: It's normal.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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LITTLE BLUE PILLS
By John Collee and Tam White
Performed by Tam White (uncredited)
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One of the most underrated movies ever
28 June 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If the plot of this movie is somewhat simple, the execution (!) is utterly fantastic. I went to this movie in the cinema when it came out not knowing what we were going to see (I think we walked into the wrong theater!!) What we got was the film of the century, thrilling and gripping and the thought of this really happening made it even more chilling. McGann is fantastic as he realises his "dream". Donohoe gets better and better as the movie moves along and her realisation that her position changes is cleverly acted. Why this movie has not received rave reviews over the years baffles me. Channel 4 have shown it 2 or 3 times and it must come out on DVD. Whilst it is set in the late 80s early 90s, it is pretty timeless. The message is simply don't get sick just in case.....! Enjoy


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