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The Mask (1994)

 -  Comedy | Crime | 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.

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Storyline

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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mask | bank | bank clerk | loki | gangster | See more »

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

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Also Known As:

Maska  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,021,329 (UK) (9 September 1994)

Gross:

£17,293,233 (UK) (11 November 1994)
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Trivia

The Mask asks "Where's a camcorder when you need it?" when police surround him. This is a veiled reference to the Rodney King beating, being one of the first, most notable incidents of police misconduct captured by private citizens on a camcorder. See more »

Goofs

The "loaner" car Stanley picks up at the mechanics is a 1951 Studebaker Champion. However, the car that falls apart on the bridge is a 1950 Studebaker Commander. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: Ipkiss! Police! Freeze!
[the Mask freezes in mid-air]
Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: Put your hands up.
The Mask: [his teeth are frozen together] But you told me to freeze!
Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: All right, all right. Un-freeze.
[the Mask un-freezes and falls to the ground]
Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: You're under arrest.
[pulls out his cuffs]
The Mask: No! It wasn't me! It was the One-Armed Man!
[regular voice]
[...]
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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 »

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Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Lyrics by Don Redman and Andy Razaf
Music by Don Redman
Performed by Susan Boyd
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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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