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




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15 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A papírmaszk  »

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


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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Excellent medical thriller!
24 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The attraction of the story is that it is entirely within the realm of possibility, and all the more so in view of the seemingly increasing incidence of medical impropriety these days. Hitchcock like in its use of the inevitable as an instrument of suspense, this gem will keep you glued to your seat to the end.

If Robin Cook or Michael Creighton had written this, their names alone would have made this a blockbuster.

The only shortcoming of this film is that the people responsible for promoting it at its first release evidently didn't have a clue. This is yet another example of the abysmal ignorance of marketing on the part of the British film industry. Evidently the owners of the property don't like making money. The only thing this film lacked was a marketing budget and someone to market it.

This is a film that should be released on DVD as a 20th anniversary edition or some such thing, and properly promoted. The owners are sitting on a valuable asset.

In the mean time, if you spot a VHS copy, snag it for your collection. You'll be glad you did.

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