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The Mask (1994)

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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 | 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:

Maska See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (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:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby (Dolby Stereo)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cameron Diaz had to audition 12 times for the part of Tina, only landing the role 7 days before shooting began. See more »

Goofs

When Stanley (as The Mask) eats the bomb, the red LED countdown timer has become a black sticker with white numbers, which reads "0100". This number makes no sense in the context of the scene, as the previous time shown (on the red LED countdown timer) read "0:06". See more »

Quotes

Dorian\Mask: This party's over
[bends down to time bomb]
Dorian\Mask: in 10 minutes.
[starts time bomb]
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Crazy Credits

When all the credits have finished some jazz drumming is heard. Then the familiar sounds of The Mask are heard saying "Yo-ho-ho-ho" (in a very drawn voice) then the sound of The Mask spinning away is heard straight after. See more »

Alternate Versions

New Line Home Video released a "Family Edited Edition" on VHS. This PG version has some obscenities and profanities removed. See more »


Soundtracks

Dance With Me
Written by Ken Barken and Leigh Robbins
Performed by Leigh Robbins
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User Reviews

 
Superlative superhero comedy
26 October 2008 | by sarastro7See all my reviews

Being a superhero comics reader, I tend to see The Mask primarily as a superhero movie. When I look at the best superhero movies yet made, the list of really good ones is quite short. The first X-Men movie was good, the Spider-Man movies are decent, and the best of the lot may be Mystery Men. I also like Sky High. But, one I frequently forget to consider is The Mask. It is actually just as good as Mystery Men, and so one of the two best superhero movies yet. It is a total comedy classic, also in terms of Jim Carrey's acting. Everything is done perfectly and for reasons that make sense to the plot, and it's just fantastically funny: "I can explain everything!!" "Explain THIS!" "Ummmmm...."

Taking its cues from Tex Avery cartoon is genius, and complementing everything with superb (for the time) special effects that still hold up today is just brilliant. This movie has it all, and it all gels in perfect hyper-slapstick harmony. The story is cool, the acting and casting are inspired, and Cameron Diaz is pitiably innocent and adorable.

A fine, fine piece of movie-making.

9 out of 10.


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