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The Monkey's Mask (2000)

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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:
Jill Fitzpatrick
Mickey Norris
Jim Holt ...
Bill McDonald
Jean-Pierre Mignon ...
Tony Brach
Caroline Gillmer ...
Barbara Brach
Mr. Norris
Linden Wilkinson ...
Mrs. Norris
Professor Diana Maitland
Dad Fitzpatrick
Nick Maitland
William Zappa ...
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.

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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:

The Monkey's Mask  »

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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Gigi Edgley was unable to complete her scenes for this film because she was needed back on Farscape (1999) to film the episode "Dream a Little Dream/Re:Union". See more »


Jill Fitzpatrick: There's no drink to take away the taste of a fresh face rotting.
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Lascia Chio Piangia
(from 'Rinaldo')
Written by George Frideric Handel
Performed by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, with Yvonne Kenny, soprano
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Best to leave it in book form
27 February 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I could not find anything interesting in this film. Prose and poetry divided into chapter headings and dished up as an experimental film failed as a piece of entertainment. Let it be a lesson to other film makers.

Don't be misled by the title. The writer chose the title before she wrote the book because she rather liked the Japanese haiku of that name. Believe me, there are no monkeys or masks, but after due consideration they might have livened up the film.

The sex scenes were passable but with little delicacy. The writer said she had hoped for a more grubby presentation of those scenes. I could not see much point in the scene where the woman walks into a room with her panties off. Do lesbians like to advertise their pubic hair? On the positive side the cinema photography was excellent. Glimpses of Sydney harbour and its famous bridge put me in a great mood anticipating what beautiful scenes might follow. Alas! What a strange mixture.

In one of the final scenes we see a notice warning people to take care because the Sydney Harbour rocks are slippery. I waited in trepidation because i was sure something terrible was about to take place. But no! We hear a man addressing a lesbian investigator ...."Thank you for making love to my wife; you sure put a light in her eyes".

I'd be surprised to learn if a film like this could prove to be a profitable venture. My recommendation: AVOID!

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