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The Mask -- Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic super-hero when he wears a mysterious mask.

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Release Date:
29 July 1994 (USA) See more »
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From zero to hero See more »
Plot:
Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic super-hero when he wears a mysterious mask. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Carrey ... Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask

Peter Riegert ... Lt. Mitch Kellaway

Peter Greene ... Dorian

Amy Yasbeck ... Peggy Brandt

Richard Jeni ... Charlie Schumaker

Orestes Matacena ... Niko

Tim Bagley ... Irv (as Timothy Bagley)

Nancy Fish ... Mrs. Peenman

Johnny Williams ... Burt

Reg E. Cathey ... Freeze (as Reginald E. Cathey)
Jim Doughan ... Doyle

Denis Forest ... Sweet Eddy

Cameron Diaz ... Tina Carlyle
Joseph Alfieri ... Police Officer
B.J. Barie ... Alley Punk #1
Catherine Berge ... Cigarette Girl
Phil Boardman ... Guard
Krista Buonauro ... Lady Cop
Debra Casey ... Alley Punk #3

Blake Clark ... Murray

Christopher Darga ... Paramedic #3
Suzanne Dunn ... Reporter

Joely Fisher ... Maggie

Kevin Grevioux ... Henchman #7
Peter Jazwinski ... Park Policeman
Howard Kay ... Niko's Thug #2

Robert Keith ... Police Officer

Beau Lotterman ... Megaphone Cop
Scott McElroy ... Niko's Thug #1
Richard Montes ... Henchman #1
Ivory Ocean ... Mayor Tilton

Robert O'Reilly ... The Figure
Louis Ortiz ... Coco Bongo Valet
Daniel James Peterson ... Henchman #6
Jeremy Roberts ... Bobby the Bouncer

Eamonn Roche ... Mr. Dickey
Randi Ruimy ... Screaming Lady

Ben Stein ... Dr. Arthur Neuman (as Benjamin J. Stein)

Nils Allen Stewart ... Orlando
Chris Taylor ... Coco Bongo Cop #1
Bullet Valmont ... Alley Punk #2
Wendy L. Walsh ... Herself (as Wendy Walsh)

Meadow Williams ... Pebbles
Max ... Milo the Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Susan Boyd ... Tina Carlyle (singing voice)

Leslie Cook ... Dancing policewoman (uncredited)
Krista Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)

Richard Raynesford ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Rebecca Ryiz ... Uncredited (uncredited)

Garret Sato ... (uncredited)

Monica Lee Steen ... Monica (uncredited)

Directed by
Chuck Russell  (as Charles Russell)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Fallon (story) and
Mark Verheiden (story)

Mike Werb (screenplay)

Produced by
Ann Burgund .... associate producer
Michael De Luca .... executive producer
Robert Engelman .... producer (as Bob Engelman)
Carla Fry .... associate producer
Mike Richardson .... executive producer
Chuck Russell .... executive producer (as Charles Russell)
 
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
 
Cinematography by
John R. Leonetti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Coburn 
 
Casting by
Fern Champion 
Mark Paladini 
 
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
 
Art Direction by
Randy Moore 
 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Totleben 
 
Costume Design by
Ha Nguyen 
 
Makeup Department
Roland Blancaflor .... makeup effects crew: Cannom Creations
Greg Cannom .... creator special makeup
Glen Hanz .... sculptor: Cannom Creations
Larry Odien .... special makeup effects
Nina Paskowitz .... hair department head
Todd Tucker .... special makeup effects artist
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects crew: Cannom Creations
 
Production Management
Robert Engelman .... unit production manager (as Bob Engelman)
Steven Kaminsky .... post-production supervisor
Deborah Moore .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ty Arnold .... second second assistant director
Bryan Dresden .... second assistant director
Denis L. Stewart .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Greg Bartkus .... assistant props
Linda S. Brown .... assistant set decorator
J. Gregory Evans .... set dresser
Matthew Gilbert .... set dresser
Christopher Gilman .... prop masks and mask effects
D.W. Kann .... second assistant property master (as David Kann)
Jane Kilkenny .... model builder
Dave T. MacDonald .... welding foreman
Stephen MacMillin .... swing gang set dresser
Brent David Mannon .... assistant property master
Eugene McCarthy .... property master: additional photography
Bruce Mink .... property master
Erik Olson .... assistant art director
Renato Raposo .... carpenter
Frank Samuel .... assistant art director
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist
Julie Witherington .... on-set dresser (as Julie Sexsmith)
 
Sound Department
Andrew Boland .... sound recording engineer
Ricardo Broadus .... sound effects editor
Jim Brookshire .... dialogue editor
Craig Clark .... supervising sound editor
Harry Cohen .... sound designer
Gloria Cooper .... boom operator
David Farmer .... sound effects editor
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Gedemer .... sound designer
Robert Guastini .... adr editor
Alan Howarth .... sound effects
Mark Hopkins McNabb .... production sound mixer
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Terry O'Bright .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Rizzo .... re-recording assistant
Allan Schultz .... sound editor
Ann Scibelli .... sound designer
Tony Sereno .... sound re-recording mixer
Cathie Speakman .... dialogue editor
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven D. Williams .... supervising sound editor (as Steven Williams)
Harry Woolway .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Trent .... dance foley (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects key
Thomas L. Bellissimo .... special effects coordinator
Peter A. Chevako .... animatronic technician
Raul Essig .... technical assistant
Mike Measimer .... special effects technician
Ian O'Connor .... special effects technician
George Zamora .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Joe Alter .... digital effects artist
Karen Ansel .... technical director: ILM
Chris Armstrong .... computer graphics animator
Mark Axton .... digital effects coordinator: DQI (as Mark R. Axton)
Kyle Balda .... computer graphics animator
Tom Bertino .... animation supervisor
Jill Brooks .... visual effects coordinator
Rob Burton .... visual effects
Donald S. Butler .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Doug Chiang .... visual effects art direction supervisor
Craig Clark .... digital roto and paint artist
Rob Coleman .... computer graphics animator
Peter Daulton .... matchmove
Lisa Drostova .... digital artist
Stefen Fangmeier .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Jon Farhat .... visual effects supervisor
Bijan Forutanpour .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Clint Goldman .... animation and visual effects producer: ILM
Mark Gutterud .... VistaVision camera operator
Joanne Hafner .... digital artist: ILM
James Hagedorn .... computer graphics camera matchmover (as Jim Hagedorn)
Corey Hels .... digital effects artist
Christophe Hery .... computer graphics artist: ILM
Mark Holmes .... sabre system artist
Wade Howie .... digital effects artist
Paul Hunt .... animator
Paul Hunt .... digital effects artist
Benton Jew .... visual effects art director
Sandra Ford Karpman .... computer graphics sequence supervisor
Blaine Kennison .... compositing supervisor
Bill Kimberlin .... visual effects editor
Christian Kubsch .... associate visual effects producer
Jennifer Lee .... optical line up: ILM
Stewart Lew .... CG animator
Jacqueline Lopez .... visual effects coordinator (as Jacqueline M. Lopez)
Euan K. MacDonald .... technical director: visual effects
Les Major .... computer graphics animator
Robert Marinic .... computer graphics artist
Dale McBeath .... character animator
Richard Miller .... sculptor
Derrick Mitchell .... visual effects editor
Jim Mitchell .... computer graphics sequence supervisor
Jack Mongovan .... digital artist: ILM
Jim Morris .... general manager: ILM
John Murrah .... technical director
Patrick Neary .... computer graphics technical assistant
Kyle Odermatt .... computer graphics animator
Michael Olague .... visual effects gaffer
Shawna Olwen .... digital artist
Jason Piccioni .... imaging technician
Ellen Poon .... computer graphics sequence supervisor
Ken Ralston .... visual effects consultant
Carolyn Ensle Rendu .... 3D digital artist
Susan Ross .... viewpainter
Scott Squires .... visual effects consultant
Robert Stadd .... visual effects producer
John Stillman .... computer graphics resource assistant
Duncan Sutherland .... camera engineer
Wes Takahashi .... computer graphics animator (as Wes Ford Takahashi)
Catherine Tate .... digital artist: ILM
Chad Taylor .... Sabre artist: ILM
Danny Gordon Taylor .... CG animator
Barbara Townsend .... digital artist
Barbara Townsend .... digital effects artist (as Barbara L. Nellis)
Dennis Turner .... digital effects artist
Robert Weaver .... technical director
Steve 'Spaz' Williams .... visual effects animation supervisor: ILM
Steve 'Spaz' Williams .... visual effects consultant
Habib Zargarpour .... computer effects artist: ILM
John Andrew Berton Jr. .... CG department manager (uncredited)
Greg Butler .... assistant to visual effects producer (uncredited)
John Lafauce .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Brian Leach .... digital artist (uncredited)
Brian Ripley .... propmaker: Global Effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joni Avery .... stunt player
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Rick Barker .... stunt player
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunt player
Kenny Bates .... stunt player (as Ken Bates)
Steve Berens .... stunt player
Clay Boss .... stunt player
Dan Bradley .... stunt player
Bob Brown .... stunt player (as Robert Brown)
Tony Brubaker .... stunt player
John Cade .... stunt player
Scott Alan Cook .... stunt player
Jake Crawford .... stunt player
J. Mark Donaldson .... stunt player (as Mark Donaldson)
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan .... stunt player (as Cheryl M. Wheeler)
Chris Durand .... stunt player
Andy Epper .... stunt player (as Andrew W. Epper)
Danny Epper .... stunt player
Gary Epper .... stunt player
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt player (as John Epstein)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt player
Richie Gaona .... stunt player
Donna Keegan .... stunt player
Henry Kingi .... stunt player
Lane Leavitt .... stunt player
Gary Littlejohn .... stunt player
Ray Lykins .... stunt player
Steve Madaras .... stunt player
Eddie Matthews .... stunt player
John Moio .... stunt player
Eddie Mulder .... stunt player
Peewee Piemonte .... stunt player (as Richard 'Pee Wee' Piemonte)
Sorin Serene Pricopie .... stunt player
Troy Robinson .... stunt player
Garret Sato .... stunt player
Rick Sawaya .... stunt player
Melodee Spevack .... stunt player (as Melodee M. Spevack)
Jim Stephan .... stunt player
Heather Taylor .... stunt player
Frank Torres .... stunt player
Lee Waddell .... stunt player (as Rex Lee Waddell Jr.)
Melodee Spevack .... stunt double: Amy Yasbeck (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Casey Bridges .... camera loader
Henry Coccetti .... best boy electric
Hugo Cortina .... camera operator
Tim Day .... best boy grip
Warren Eig .... electrician
Christopher Faloona .... gaffer
Bruce Green .... Steadicam operator
Bruce Alan Greene .... steadicam operator
Rob J. Greenlea .... grip
Mark Gutterud .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mark Irwin .... additional photographer
Josh Medak .... assistant camera
Darren Michaels .... unit & specials photographer
David Pearlberg .... dolly grip
Mark Santoni .... second assistant camera
Lee Schmicker .... best boy electric
Charles M. Smallwood .... key grip: additional photography
Glenn M. Student .... grip
Rafael E. Sánchez .... key grip
Chris Trillo .... rigging gaffer
Stephen J. Ullman .... assistant camera
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Wayne Baker .... underwater camera assistant (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Rich King .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christopher J. Kristoff .... costume supervisor
Gretchen Patch .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Jane Archambault .... negative cutter
Jennifer Jean Cacavas .... additional assistant editor
Syd Cole .... negative cutter
Marie Hélène Desbiens .... negative cutter
Joe Fineman .... executive in charge of post-production
Angela Jackson .... assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Louis Rivera .... negative cutter
Scot Deer .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Robert Lattanzio .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Karin Levinson .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... scoring mixer
Andrew Boland .... score mixer
Susan Boyd .... singing voice
David Michael Frank .... composer: additional music
Bonnie Greenberg .... music supervisor
John Leftwich .... arranger
Richard McIlvery .... scoring stage manager
 
Transportation Department
Mark Brown .... driver: production van
Carlos Williams .... driver
 
Other crew
Steve Berens .... head animal trainer
Francis Choquette .... production assistant
David Crockett .... assistant accountant
Jerry Evans .... choreographer
Anne Fletcher .... dancer
Mary-Rachel Foot .... background key artist
M.K. Gleason .... production accountant
Samuel F. Kinder .... craft service assistant
Deborah Landis .... photo double: Cameron Diaz
Marlene Lang .... assistant choreographer
Mark Martinez .... choreographer
Joseph McCarter .... animal owner
Joseph McCarter .... animal trainer
Phill Norman .... title designer
Cynthia Phillips .... art dept coordinator
Gary Platek .... cloud effects
Charlotte Purein .... location assistant
Sandy Reed .... craft service
Tricia Ronten .... script supervisor
J. Marc Strachan .... location manager (as Marc Strachan)
Terry Trebilcock .... craft service
Lisa Van Cott .... production coordinator
Mark Van Horne .... laboratory contact
Mark Vollmer .... boat operator
C. Ransom Walrod .... marine coordinator
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory control manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Frank Darabont .... special thanks
Harold Ramis .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some stylized violence
Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby (Dolby Stereo) | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Years before Son of the Mask (2005), there were, at some point, plans for 'The Mask II', but that sequel was canceled after Jim Carrey' declined to reprise his role. There was even a contest from Nintendo Power magazine where first prize was a walk-on role in that movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Stanley wakes up to Lt Kellaway banging on his door the mask is in his hand and laying half on the corner of the red pillow, half on the green bed sheet. But in the close up he's in a slightly different position and the mask is now in the middle of the red pillow and you can't see his hand at all; then it swaps back again.See more »
Quotes:
Maggie:Stanley, you are the nicest guy. Really, you are.
Stanley Ipkiss:Yeah?
Maggie:Charlie, isn't Stanley the nicest guy?
Charlie Schumacher:The best.
[Maggie walks off]
Charlie Schumacher:That was THE most sickening display I've ever seen.
Stanley Ipkiss:I disagree. I think I'm wearing her down.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lucky Luke and the Daltons (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
This Business Of LoveSee more »

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111 out of 130 people found the following review useful.
Incredible success when seen as a surrealistic cinematic pastiche, 22 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) is a bit of a dorky pushover. For example, he buys hot concert tickets to try to get a date with a fellow bank employee he's been pining after, but she easily scams him into keeping the tickets for herself, and he is too weak to publicly object. But when he comes across an ancient mask of Lodi long ago discarded by Vikings who tried to bury the "troublesome object" at the "end of the Earth", he discovers it has the power to unlock his true self--suave, smooth-talking, manic, a bit dangerous, and a hopeless romantic.

The Mask was a perfect vehicle for Jim Carrey. It not only allowed provided the perfect justification to flamboyantly engage in his rubber-faced antics in a manner even more over-the-top than what he'd become famous for, but it provided an opportunity to stretch his acting chops towards a more serious side at just the right time in his career, paving the way for later work such as Man on the Moon (1999), The Majestic (2001) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).

The success of the film wholly depends on Carrey, as he has to sell his characters' frenzied insanity so that it's believable as a reflection of Stanley's inner self while at the same time likable but teetering on the edge of becoming obnoxiously overbearing. Of course, the amazing special effects and make-up help, as well as the clever script and more than competent directing and cinematography, but with the wrong actor in the part, the whole affair could have easily collapsed. The other cast members are fine in supporting roles, with Cameron Diaz coming across as being almost otherworldly beautiful, but Carrey is rarely off-screen, and rightly so.

The Mask is notable for both spoofing almost the whole history of cinema while at the same time respectfully paying homage to it. The audience is treated to everything from silent film slapstick to lavish musical numbers (with excellent songs), frenzied Tex Avery-styled animation to gangster film suspense. On its surface, the film is a crazy, often funny, hyperactively paced cinematic pastiche.

The subtext about identity and public faces versus private selves is interesting, but not the focus. It would be fine to explore further, but to do so in this particular film would have taken too much time away from Carrey's surrealistic tour de force. Besides, we've had later films where that subtext has been closer to the heart of a story, such as Catwoman (2004), and where it was very thoroughly and competently dealt with.

Many aspects of The Mask differed from the comic book source material, but this is a case where the changes led to such an excellent result that most people have forgotten about the source material and primarily remember Carrey's performance in this film as definitive.

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