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The Mask (1994)

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

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Storyline

Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) 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 cartoon romantic wild man. However, a small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel (Peter Greene), 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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Stanley Ipkiss is not the man he used to be. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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

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29 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Maska  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,021,329 (UK) (9 September 1994)

Gross:

$119,938,730 (USA)
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Trivia

It is unclear in the film if Detective Doyle (Jim Doughan) suffers from a mental and behavioural disorder, due to the character's behavior and brainlessness. See more »

Goofs

In the club, Dorian lowers his gun twice. See more »

Quotes

Tina Carlyle: Thanks.
Stanley Ipkiss: For what?
Tina Carlyle: Lots of things. Sharing the sunset with me. For being the only guy whose ever treated me like a person and not some sort of party favor. For being any kind of romantic. Even a hopeless one.
Stanley Ipkiss: You're welcome.
Tina Carlyle: You know that night at the club? I knew I'd found someone special.
Stanley Ipkiss: [rolls his eyes] The Mask.
Tina Carlyle: No, it was the guy inside the mask. It was you all along. You, Stanley Ip... kiss.
[they go to kiss when the guard interrupts them]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Bounce Around
Written by Dwayne Wiggins, Raphael Wiggins, and Timothy Riley
Performed by Tony! Toni! Toné! (as Tony, Toni, Tone)
Courtesy of Wing/Mercury Records
A Division of Polygram
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S-s-s-s-mokin'!
23 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a "zero" as the film tagline says, who never speaks his mind about anything. The typical mild-mannered guy.

After Stanley finds an enchanted mask under a bridge one day, though, everything changes. He goes from "zero to hero". But first, he plays around with his new found menacing powers.

Calling the mask a hero is like calling Hitler kind of a good guy. The mask makes Stanley rob banks, scare people and more. He's half-hero.

"The Mask" is not great, but it fits Carrey's film persona quite well. He bounces off the wall (literally) and just doesn't sit still. Typical Carrey.

If you're not one for loser-to-hero films or wacky slapstick, don't see "The Mask". Otherwise, it's worth a peek.

3/5 stars


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