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Mask (1985)

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

Director:

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>

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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 »

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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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Trivia

According to Cher, this film was shot in Rocky and Rusty Dennis' old neighborhood. One day she was walking down a street with Eric Stoltz (in make-up) and an old man yelled "Hi!" at Eric. He then said, "I'm so happy to see you, I heard you died." Cher says he was so happy that they didn't have the heart to tell him the truth. See more »

Goofs

The camp Rocky goes to is a summer camp yet they celebrate New Year's while at the camp, A sign at the New Year's party states that it is "New Year's Eve in July'". See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Evelyn: Florence.
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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 Bob Seger songs with those of Bruce Springsteen. See more »

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Where Did the Naughty Little Girl Go
Written by Frank Guida / Patricia Matthews
Performed by Gary U.S. Bonds
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User Reviews

One of the finest films ever made
24 April 2002 | by Ed in MOSee all my reviews

"Mask" is truly a beautiful movie. It shows the possibilities of what courage and love can do. I cannot see the film without crying, but I always feel uplifted after watching it, and the cathartic experience of watching it stays with me for days afterwards. I love how Rocky finds someone at the school for the blind who cannot see his face but loves him for his heart. I suppose we are all looking for that. And the power of his mother's love is something that stays with you forever. Peter Bogdanovich, Cher, Eric Stoltz, and the others who participated in making this film should be very proud of the wonderful movie they created. It has affected many, many lives. The real life story of Rocky Dennis will always be there, on DVD, to enrich young generations to come.


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