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Death Mask (1992)

Haunted by the drowning death of his own daughter, a police investigator embarks on an obsessive 10-year hunt for the identity of a dead boy, to the detriment of his family life.

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Richard Friedman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farley Granger ... Douglas Andrews
Lee Bryant ... Jane Andrews
John McCurry John McCurry ... Jim O'Brien
Arch Johnson ... Dr. Robert Riordan
Barbara Bingham ... Suzy Andrews
Ruth Warrick ... Beatrice VandenBerg
Danny Aiello ... Capt. Mike Grasso
John Calonius John Calonius ... Dr. Dave Kimball
Veronica Hart ... Victoria Howe
Erica Katz Erica Katz ... Young Suzy
Danielle Baum Danielle Baum ... Jennifer Andrews
Frank Ferrara ... Lazio Szathmary
Lisa Cain ... Maria Szathmary
Bill Anagnos Bill Anagnos ... Police Officer #1
Webster Whinery ... Police Officer #2
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Haunted by the drowning death of his own daughter, a police investigator embarks on an obsessive 10-year hunt for the identity of a dead boy, to the detriment of his family life. Written by Michael Schwartz <mpblack@earthlink.net>

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En sindsyg morder er løs![Denmark]

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unknown See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

This film is based on a true case in Philadelphia of a boy found dead in 1957. The boy's body, bruised and naked, was found in a cardboard box in a patch of woods off a dirt road on the city's outskirts in February 1957. He was a symbol of child abuse at its worst. To this day, he has no name. See more »

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The wall clock in the morgue. See more »

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Video version includes 16 minutes of outtake footage not included in theatrical release. See more »

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Well Done Film, Based on A True Case
1 January 2007 | by FEF312See all my reviews

Farley Granger stars in this 1984 film, as a Medical Examiner who becomes obsessed with finding out the identity of a young boy who was found dead, without identification. Because his own child had died at a young age, the Granger character becomes completely fixated on discovering the boy's identity, at great personal cost.

This film is in fact based on a true incident that occurred in Philadelphia in 1957. I have included an exceprt of a 1/1/07 article on the case from the NY Times in the IMDb Message board for this film. The parallels with the real case and this film are quite striking.

I strongly recommend this film, and then reading up on the true case that inspired it.


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