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Paper Mask (1990)

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

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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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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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They would do anything to keep playing the game. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A papírmaszk  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Connections

References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

The Great Pretender
Written by Buck Ram (uncredited)
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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Excellent film with good acting.
24 March 1999 | by (Bournemouth, England.) – See all my reviews

Paper Mask has got to be one of my most favourite films. The concept is so original and gripping. Paul McGann is fantastic as Porter-cum-Doctor Matthew Harris/Simon Hennessey. Although now nearly ten years old, this film is still brilliant to watch, and keeps you guessing right until the end.


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