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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:
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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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Drama | Thriller

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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:

Anestesia letale  »

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

Quotes

Alec Moran: [wheeling a corpse on a gurney] Do you believe in the afterbirth?
Matthew Harris: *Afterlife*, Alec.
Alec Moran: Life, yeah.
[Looking at corpse]
Alec Moran: Imagine coming back looking like that, eh?
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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
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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Great unknown film
13 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paul McGann is Matthew Harriis, who after a car accident, is able to fool everyone around him that he is the deceased medical student at a British hospital. He is assisted in his ruse by a very capable nurse, Christine Taylor(Amanda Donohoe). In one of the early scenes the good "doctor" is called to the emergency room for a blue baby and what follows is one of the darkly funniest moments I've ever seen. It's as if the Coen brothers had transported the oddballs from Fargo from North Dakota to England.

Another fair comparison could be Paddy Chayevsky's classic The Hospital, with a jump over the pond. McGann and Donohoe are a perfect pair of flamboyant, off the wall strangers who manage to connect at some level. Paper Mask is one of my favorite unknown movies.


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