The Monkey's Mask (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  10 May 2001 (Australia)
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A lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Cowell ...
Jim Holt ...
Jean-Pierre Mignon ...
Caroline Gillmer ...
Dad Fitzpatrick
Nick Maitland
Detective Sergeant Wesley
Charlotte Rose Regan ...
Cerebral Girl


Jill Fitzpatrick is a 28-year old, street-smart, out-of-work private investigator wishing she wasn't celibate. Eager for the taste of adrenaline, she accepts a job investigating the disappearance of Mickey, a young female student. Jill quickly strikes a spark with the seductive Diana, Mickey's poetry lecturer. But it is not long before Mickey's strangled body is found. Distrusting the cops, Mickey's grief-stricken parents ask Jill to find her murderer. Jill is soon hurled into a passionate liaison with Diana as she enters the surprisingly seamy underworld of Mickey's life, looking for clues to her murder. For whom did Mickey write her sexually charged poems? What is the connection between Mickey and her two favorite poets? Who is leaving threatening messages in verse on Jill's answering machine? Blinded by her passion, Jill is compromised in her search for the truth - until her own life is in danger. Written by Strand Releasing <>

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No evidence just a smell of sex and violence.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 May 2001 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A majom álarca  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,942 (USA) (27 July 2001)


$45,826 (USA) (7 December 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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The film is considered to be a remake of "Basic Instinct". See more »


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Pseudo-intellectual drivel
24 December 2002 | by (wilmington, De) – See all my reviews

This is supposed to be a mystery with erotic undertones. It failed. The mystery is so shallow that no one cares who killed the angry, easy, young poet. The lesbian undertones don't work, the voiceovers don't work and the only thing that I enjoyed was some of the cinematography. Boring movie disguised as intellectual, but with nothing smart to say.

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