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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:
Matthew Harris
Christine Taylor
Frederick Treves ...
Dr. Mumford
Dr. Thorn
Celia Mumford
Jimmy Yuill ...
Alec Moran
Dr. Lloyd
John Warnaby ...
Dr. Hammond
Alexandra Mathie ...
Frank Baker ...
Clive Rowe ...
Robert Oates ...
Head Porter
Dale Rapley ...
Dr. Simon Hennessey


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 <>

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Drama | Thriller

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




Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A papírmaszk  »

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1.85 : 1
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Matthew chuckles at the schoolboy who claims to have invented the quotation "The past is another country." This is actually a common misquotation of the opening line of L.P. Hartley's 1953 novel 'The Go-Between': "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." See more »


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 »


Written by Buck Ram (uncredited)
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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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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