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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?


Jim Carrey based his character on his father. See more »


When Stanley opens the closet to hide the mask, and all the money comes out, some of the bills are clearly blank pieces of paper. See more »


Mask: You were good kid, real good. But as long as I'm around, you'll always be second best, see?
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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 Freakazoid!: The Freakazoid (1996) See more »


Cuban Pete
Written by Jose Norman
Performed by Jim Carrey with Angie Jaree
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User Reviews

11 November 2002 | by (Your Critic of Critics) – See all my reviews

This is easily Jim Carrey's greatest picture! Not only that but in my opinion this was one of the funniest films of the `90s. This is such a fun movie that you can see it 10 times and it's still as fun as the first time. The film stars Jim Carrey in another amazing performance and the BEAUTIFUL Cameron Diaz in her debut.

Also this is kind of like the Rocky Horror Picture Show of my generation. I remember Halloween 1995 when my friends and I dressed up as the characters from this movie and did the Cuban Beat! :)

4(****)out of 4(****)stars


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