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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Cher declared on Charlie Rose (1991) in 1996 that this is her favorite role. She still carries resentment over not receiving an Oscar nomination for her performance, even though she won the award two years later for Moonstruck (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Cher opens her beer can in the camping scene near the beginning of the movie, the can has a stay tab. These were not used on cans until the 80s. Cans prior to then used pull tabs. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Rocky Dennis: [voiceover; a poem Rocky had written] These things are good: ice cream and cake, a ride on a Harley, seeing monkeys in the trees, the rain on my tongue, and the sun shining on my face. These things are a drag: dust in my hair, holes in my shoes, no money in my pocket, and the sun shining on my face.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Dads: Pilot (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Slippin' 'n' Slidin'
Written by Eddie Bo(as J. Bocage) / Albert Collins / Little Richard(as Richard Penniman)
Performed by Little Richard
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User Reviews

 
"This is beautiful"
9 September 2004 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

Seriously, I did cry, but this wasn't an overly sappy film. I read in most of the comments that it was too sappy for some viewers. Yeah, you might cry, but rightfully. "Mask" is an excellent story. Rocky is a teenager who is very horribly disfigured. But he keeps his spirits up and just wants to fit in with the rest of the world. Cher plays his mother who is a biker chick. She loves him to death. And Rocky makes wonderful friends on the way through his life. It's a wonderful movie. I thought the story was very good and the actors were great. If you enjoyed movies like "Powder" or "Huntchback of Notre Dame", I think you would like this. I would highly recommend this film. Don't be afraid to cry.

9/10


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