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
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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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John Collee wrote the screenplay based on his 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 »

Soundtracks

I Vow To Thee My Country
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Music by Gustav Holst
Arranged by Philip Rutherford
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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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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