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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

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Peter Bogdanovich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cher ... Rusty Dennis
Sam Elliott ... Gar
Eric Stoltz ... Rocky Dennis
Estelle Getty ... Evelyn
Richard Dysart ... Abe
Laura Dern ... Diana
Micole Mercurio ... Babe
Harry Carey Jr. ... Red
Dennis Burkley ... Dozer
Lawrence Monoson ... Ben
Ben Piazza ... Mr. Simms
L. Craig King L. Craig King ... Eric
Alexandra Powers ... Lisa
Kelly Jo Minter ... Lorrie (as Kelly Minter)
Joe Unger ... 1st Boyfriend
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Storyline

Rusty Dennis is the mother of Rocky, a seriously deformed, but extremely intelligent and emotionally warm teenager. Rusty is a no-nonsense mother whose wild lifestyle is often at odds with her tenderness and protectiveness towards Rocky. She is determined that Rocky be given the same chances and happiness that everyone else takes for granted. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They told 16-year-old Rocky Dennis he could never be like everyone else. So he was determined to be better. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's Mask See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$48,230,162
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Not only was the real Rocky Dennis not buried (his body was donated to science), the dates of birth and death shown on the gravestone in the movie are incorrect. See more »

Goofs

When recounting the beginning of the Trojan War to his class, Rocky mentions the Trojan horse. The teacher doesn't correct him, even though the Greek story states that the Trojan horse ended the war many years after it begin. See more »

Quotes

[after an unpleasant visit with the grandparents, Rusty is about to take a lot of drugs]
Gar: [gets a beer from fridge] If you're gonna get wasted on that crap, I'm not gonna hang around here and babysit you.
Rusty Dennis: [scoffs] You must be confusing me with someone who gives a shit.
Gar: I must be.
Rusty Dennis: [looks at drugs, Gar and shakes her head] You know, this is not going to work. I'm doing things to please you and I'm just gonna end up hating you.
Gar: Oh come on, Baby. You and your old man have been going through this shit ...
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Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut print runs around 7 minutes longer and includes a scene where Rocky & Rusty sing around a bonfire, and the funeral of cyclist Red (his motorbike is buried beside him). It also replaces the songs with those of . See more »


Soundtracks

Little Egypt
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by Cher / Eric Stoltz
(Director's cut version only)
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User Reviews

 
A wonderful tear jerker that is also fun.
8 May 2001 | by suzy q123See all my reviews

This movie has moved me since it first came out in the 1980's. The

performances- particularly by Cher and Eric Stoltz as Rusty and Rocky

Dennis- are fantastic, the camera work (by the great Lazlo Kovacs) fluid

and superb, the make up won an academy award, the music perfect, and the

story, well, it's almost too good to be true. It's real life we're

watching here, and knowing that it's also a true story makes it all the

more touching and wonderful. I watched it with my boyfriend, then my

husband, and now with my children. It's a simple tale of triumph of the

spirit, but it goes deep and really stays with you if you let it. If you

haven't seen this movie yet, go out and rent it tonight, you won't be

disappointed.......


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