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
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Jim Carrey was paid $450,000 for his work in the film, a huge bargain for New Line because the deal was signed before Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) became a surprise hit, and made The Mask a hot property for the summer 1994 release schedule; Carrey then inked a $7 million before this film opened to star in Dumb and Dumber (1994). See more »
In the beginning of the "Cuban Pete" dance number, there is a brief shot where Ipkiss has managed to pull out part of his shirt. By the next shot, however, the shirt is instantly tucked back in. See more »
[after falling out an apartment window, the Mask pulls his head out of the ground and faces the camera]
Look, Ma! I'm road kill! Ha, ha, ha!
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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 »
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.
This is easily Jim Carrey's greatest picture! Not only that but in my opinion this was one of the funniest films of the `90s. This is such a fun movie that you can see it 10 times and it's still as fun as the first time. The film stars Jim Carrey in another amazing performance and the BEAUTIFUL Cameron Diaz in her debut.
Also this is kind of like the Rocky Horror Picture Show of my generation. I remember Halloween 1995 when my friends and I dressed up as the characters from this movie and did the Cuban Beat! :)
4(****)out of 4(****)stars
An ENTERTAINING MASTERPIECE!!!!
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