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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irv (as Timothy Bagley)
Freeze (as Reginald E. Cathey)
Jim Doughan ...
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 <skypilot@ezaccess.net>

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Plot Keywords:

mask | bank | bank clerk | loki | gangster | See All (126) »


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


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Sound Mix:

| (Dolby Stereo)| (Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Milo, Stanley Ipkiss's dog, is a Jack Russell Terrier. See more »


Windows visible in the car after supposedly being blown out. See more »


Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: Somebody STOLE your pajamas?
Stanley Ipkiss: [seeing Milo jump at the closet door where the stolen money is] Milo, no! I mean, uh, what is this world coming to when a man's... *pajama drawer* is no longer safe?
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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 Liar Liar: Bridging the Comedy Chasm (1999) See more »


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Written by Ken Barken and Leigh Robbins
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User Reviews

One of the greatest comedies I have ever seen
26 August 2005 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

Actually, I saw The Mask by accident. I wet to the cinema with my friend to watch something. When we arrived at the cinema and saw the poster showing The Mask we did not feel like watching it. But as it was a long way home we decided to go and see the film. And we enjoyed the movie so much that we decided to go to see it next day again. The first time we watched it we did not catch everything as our eyes were flooded with tears of laugh and our bellies hurt form laugh cramps. The story is really catching and Jim Carry is simply fabulous. The plot makes you think what it would be like if you had the mask and what you would do with it. Stanley Ippkiss in his funny quest made me be happy with what I am and what I have. The Mask is undoubtedly one of my most favorite comedies and it has a steady place on my video shelf.

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