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The Mask (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  29 July 1994 (USA)
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Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic super-hero when he wears a mysterious mask.


(as Charles Russell)


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Irv (as Timothy Bagley)
Freeze (as Reginald E. Cathey)
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B.J. Barie ...


Stanley Ipkiss is a bank clerk that is an incredibly nice man. Unfortunately, he is too nice for his own good and is a pushover when it comes to confrontations. After one of the worst days of his life, he finds a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse night god of mischief. Now, when he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoony romantic wild man. However, a small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel, comes across this character dubbed "The Mask" by the media. After Ipkiss's alter ego indirectly kills his friend in crime, Tyrel now wants this green-faced goon destroyed. Written by Ian Pugh <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

mask | bank | bank clerk | loki | gangster | See All (125) »


Stanley Ipkiss is not the man he used to be. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some stylized violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maska  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,021,329 (UK) (9 September 1994)


£17,293,233 (UK) (11 November 1994)

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Technical Specs


| (workprint)

Sound Mix:

| (Dolby Stereo)| (Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is Cameron Diaz's first movie role. See more »


In the first scene, when the diver is trying to break the chain on the chest containing the mask, the pipe that falls from above makes a clanging sound as if it were metal but it is in fact PVC pipe. It appears to be painted black (PVC water pipe is usually white). The ridge on the bell end of the pipe has a rubber gasket in it so the pipe will seal when connected to another piece of pipe. See more »


Peggy Brandt: Hi, I'm Peggy Brandt from the Tribune.
Stanley Ipkiss: Oh, hi. Look, I cancelled my subscription because they kept stealing my paper from the...
Peggy Brandt: Oh, no, actually, I just want to ask you a few questions.
Stanley Ipkiss: Really? About what?
Peggy Brandt: Ripley Auto Finishing. You're a customer of theirs, aren't you?
Stanley Ipkiss: Me? No. I don't even have a car. You know, 'cause they pollute.
Peggy Brandt: You don't own an '89 Civic?
Stanley Ipkiss: Oh, that car, yeah. Yeah. It's all coming back to me.
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Crazy Credits

When all the credits have finished some jazz drumming is heard. Then the familiar sounds of The Mask are heard saying "Yo-ho-ho-ho" (in a very drawn voice) then the sound of The Mask spinning away is heard straight after. See more »


Referenced in Noch' Naprolyot (2011) See more »


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one of Carrey's best
15 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Broad, inventive comedy stars Carrey as a repressed, down-on-his-luck banker whose once uneventful life is dramatically changed when he uncovers a mysterious ancient mask that brings out his innermost desires. After developing a close bond and gradual affection for a sexy songbird and prospective client (Diaz), he then tangles with her ruthless, lowlife gangster boyfriend (Greene). Lively, imaginative comedy with big laughs and nifty effects that almost make you feel like you're watching a live-action cartoon. The violence borders on extreme, but Carrey is in peak form and provides more than enough classic moments to make up for it. A must for Carrey fans. ***

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