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The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy | 29 July 1994 (USA)
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Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

Director:

Chuck Russell (as Charles Russell)

Writers:

Michael Fallon (story), Mark Verheiden (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Stanley Ipkiss
Peter Riegert ... Lt. Mitch Kellaway
Peter Greene ... Dorian
Amy Yasbeck ... Peggy Brandt
Richard Jeni ... Charlie Schumaker
Orestes Matacena ... Niko
Tim Bagley ... Irv (as Timothy Bagley)
Nancy Fish ... Mrs. Peenman
Johnny Williams ... Burt
Reg E. Cathey ... Freeze (as Reginald E. Cathey)
Jim Doughan Jim Doughan ... Doyle
Denis Forest ... Sweet Eddy
Cameron Diaz ... Tina Carlyle
Joseph Alfieri ... Police Officer
B.J. Barie B.J. Barie ... Alley Punk #1
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Storyline

Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) is a bank clerk that is an incredibly nice man. Unfortunately, he is too nice for his own good and is a pushover when it comes to confrontations. After one of the worst days of his life, he finds a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse night god of mischief. Now, when he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoon romantic wild man. However, a small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel (Peter Greene), comes across this character dubbed "The Mask" by the media. After Ipkiss's alter ego indirectly kills his friend in crime, Tyrel now wants this green-faced goon destroyed. Written by Ian Pugh <skypilot@ezaccess.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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S-S-S-S-S-Smokin!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some stylized violence | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mask See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,117,068, 31 July 1994

Gross USA:

$119,938,730

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,583,407
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (workprint)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby (Dolby Stereo)| Dolby Digital (DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

New Line Cinema did not want Cameron Diaz for the film since she was a model with no acting experience, but director Chuck Russell was so insisted on having her that he threatened not to do the film if he couldn't cast her. See more »

Goofs

During a chase sequence, Tina's bright red lipstick disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Freeze: I do have one question.
Dorian Tyrell: Which is?
Freeze: What does Niko have to say about this?
Dorian Tyrell: Nothin'... this ain't his grift.
Freeze: Get real man, everything is his grift. He owns you, he owns this... club he owns this whole stink' town.
Dorian Tyrell: Things change
[takes drag on cigarette]
Dorian Tyrell: .
Freeze: You mess with Niko you end up takin' a dirt nap.
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Crazy Credits

(VHS): After the movie's over, Space Ghost from Cartoon Network makes an appearance explaining he liked the movie and interviews the director and Jim Carrey. After that, there's a Ghostplanet.org ad with spaceship beeping sounds See more »

Alternate Versions

New Line's Special Edition DVD includes two scenes that were removed from the theatrical version prior to release:
  • a prologue, set in the 11th century, showing the arrival of a Viking boat to America; the Vikings come ashore, bury a chest that contains Loki's mask and then leave;
  • (SPOILER) a longer version of the scene where Peggy Brandt betrays Stanley. In the theatrical version she supposedly leaves the printing plant after getting her money; the longer version shows the Masked Dorian killing her by throwing her inside the presses.
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Soundtracks

Straight Up
Written by Brian Setzer and Merritt & Lambert
Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Somebody stop that Jim!
13 February 2004 | by DarthBillSee all my reviews

This was the movie that got me into Jim Carrey (though I'd seen him on "In Living Color" a couple of times), and it's still my favorite, though Ace Ventura #1 was also kind of funny.

The great thing about this film is that Jim is actually really restrained all throughout, only going into goof ball mode when he puts on the Mask. He's pretty likable and engaging here, not quite as prone to irritating some audience members like he did in "Batman Forever" and "Ace Ventura #2". Cameron Diaz... my God, she looked SO GOOD here, how have her looks faded so quickly since this film? She looks so... plastic now, kind of like a giant Barbie doll.

One of the big standout scenes in this one is Jim singing "Cuban Pete" to escape all the cops. Not that the other Mask gags are unfunny, but Cuban Pete really stands out. Too bad the cartoon Mask didn't have a little more restraint to it.


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