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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

Taglines:

From zero to hero See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$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:

| (workprint)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The dog who played Milo was named Max, which is also the name of the dog in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), which also starred Carrey. See more »

Goofs

When Milo the dog is holding the mask and a guy is pulling his back legs, the floor beneath them is a blue and white pattern, when the mask is attaching to Milo's face the blue disappears and the floor is all white. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: [On Stanley's mismatched pajamas] There can't be two idiots with pajamas like these.
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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'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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Connections

References 4D Man (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Lyrics by Don Redman and Andy Razaf
Music by Don Redman
Performed by Susan Boyd
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S-s-s-s-mokin'!
23 December 2002 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a "zero" as the film tagline says, who never speaks his mind about anything. The typical mild-mannered guy.

After Stanley finds an enchanted mask under a bridge one day, though, everything changes. He goes from "zero to hero". But first, he plays around with his new found menacing powers.

Calling the mask a hero is like calling Hitler kind of a good guy. The mask makes Stanley rob banks, scare people and more. He's half-hero.

"The Mask" is not great, but it fits Carrey's film persona quite well. He bounces off the wall (literally) and just doesn't sit still. Typical Carrey.

If you're not one for loser-to-hero films or wacky slapstick, don't see "The Mask". Otherwise, it's worth a peek.

3/5 stars


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