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Paper Mask (1990)

A lowly hospital orderly impersonates a recently deceased doctor and goes to work in the busy ER of a small hospital where he meets and befriends a nurse who slowly figures out his secret and helps him maintain his charade.

Writers:

John Collee (novel), John Collee (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McGann ... Matthew Harris
Amanda Donohoe ... Christine Taylor
Frederick Treves ... Dr. Mumford
Tom Wilkinson ... Dr. Thorn
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Celia Mumford
Jimmy Yuill ... Alec Moran
Mark Lewis Jones ... Dr. Lloyd
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Dr. Hammond
Alexandra Mathie Alexandra Mathie ... Beverley
Oliver Ford Davies ... Coroner
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Happy
Clive Rowe ... Ants
Robert Oates Robert Oates ... Head Porter
Karen Ascoe ... Alison
Dale Rapley Dale Rapley ... Dr. Simon Hennessey
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Storyline

With the papers of a young doctor who died in a deadly accident, the ambitious male nurse Matthew manages to get hired as a doctor in the casuality department of an hospital in Bristol. Nurse Christine believes it's only his nervousness, which makes him "forget" the most basic procedures. But even her help cannot prevent that his lack of qualification soon has deadly consequences... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trust me. I'm a doctor. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A papírmaszk See more »

Filming Locations:

Bristol, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew chuckles at the schoolboy who claims to have invented the quotation "The past is another country." This is actually a common misquotation of the opening line of L.P. Hartley's 1953 novel 'The Go-Between': "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." See more »

Quotes

Schoolboy: [discovers Matthew taking notes of Dr. Hennessey's class photos hanging in school hall] What are you doing?
Matthew Harris: I used to be a pupil here.
Schoolboy: I don't believe you. I could report you, you know!
Matthew Harris: I could probably break your neck.
Schoolboy: [pauses briefly] Yes, I expect you could. Why are you writing that down?
Matthew Harris: Old time's sake.
Schoolboy: The past is another country.
Matthew Harris: Who said that?
Schoolboy: I said it. I made it up, actually.
[Matthew smiles]
[...]
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Referenced in Press Gang: UnXpected (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

I Vow to Thee My Country
(uncredited)
Music by Gustav Holst
Arranged by Philip Rutherford
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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One of the most underrated movies ever
28 June 2006 | by rickirhinoSee all my reviews

If the plot of this movie is somewhat simple, the execution (!) is utterly fantastic. I went to this movie in the cinema when it came out not knowing what we were going to see (I think we walked into the wrong theater!!) What we got was the film of the century, thrilling and gripping and the thought of this really happening made it even more chilling. McGann is fantastic as he realises his "dream". Donohoe gets better and better as the movie moves along and her realisation that her position changes is cleverly acted. Why this movie has not received rave reviews over the years baffles me. Channel 4 have shown it 2 or 3 times and it must come out on DVD. Whilst it is set in the late 80s early 90s, it is pretty timeless. The message is simply don't get sick just in case.....! Enjoy


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