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The Monkey's Mask (2000)

A lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex.

Director:

Samantha Lang

Writers:

Anne Kennedy, Dorothy Porter (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susie Porter ... Jill Fitzpatrick
Abbie Cornish ... Mickey Norris
Brendan Cowell ... Hayden
Jim Holt Jim Holt ... Bill McDonald
Bojana Novakovic ... Tianna
Jean-Pierre Mignon Jean-Pierre Mignon ... Tony Brach
Caroline Gillmer Caroline Gillmer ... Barbara Brach
John Noble ... Mr. Norris
Linden Wilkinson ... Mrs. Norris
Kelly McGillis ... Professor Diana Maitland
Chris Haywood ... Dad Fitzpatrick
Deborah Mailman ... Lou
Marton Csokas ... Nick Maitland
William Zappa ... Detective Sergeant Wesley
Charlotte Rose Regan Charlotte Rose Regan ... Cerebral Girl
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Storyline

Jill Fitzpatrick is a 28-year old, street-smart, out-of-work private investigator wishing she wasn't celibate. Eager for the taste of adrenaline, she accepts a job investigating the disappearance of Mickey, a young female student. Jill quickly strikes a spark with the seductive Diana, Mickey's poetry lecturer. But it is not long before Mickey's strangled body is found. Distrusting the cops, Mickey's grief-stricken parents ask Jill to find her murderer. Jill is soon hurled into a passionate liaison with Diana as she enters the surprisingly seamy underworld of Mickey's life, looking for clues to her murder. For whom did Mickey write her sexually charged poems? What is the connection between Mickey and her two favorite poets? Who is leaving threatening messages in verse on Jill's answering machine? Blinded by her passion, Jill is compromised in her search for the truth - until her own life is in danger. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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No evidence just a smell of sex and violence.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara Do Macaco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,942, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,826, 9 December 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film has an similar plot to Basic Instinct (1992). Jill Fitzpatrick, a detective is hired to investigate the murder of poetry student Mickey and becomes sexually involved with Mickey's seductive and manipulative teacher Diana Maitland and begins to suspect her involvement. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Norris: [Opening scene; standing before an audience] Love is a torture - love tortures me. Does love torture you? If it does, why are you laughing? I feel you in the room like a knife. You cut out my cunt, so why not cut out my heart? Your prick is a knife that hurts me. You grunt like a beautiful pig
[audience laughs]
Mickey Norris: . I wish my cunt could hurt you.
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Soundtracks

At the River
Written by Andrew Cato (as A. Cato), Tom Findlay (as T. Findlay), Claire Rothrock (as C. Rothrock), Milton Yakus (as M. Yakus) and Allan Jeffrey (as A. Jeffrey)
Performed by Groove Armada
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Stylish junk
5 October 2002 | by George ParkerSee all my reviews

"The Monkey's Mask" tells of a young Aussie woman who is 99.9% lesbian and 0.1% private detective charged with finding the killer of a young woman poet. A naive flick which has some style but precious little reason to watch or keep watching and no reason to care about any of the characters, "TMM" is mostly pretentious hogwash with people behaving in ways people only behave when they're acting in a movie. The film is annoyingly divided into chapters, the characters are boring, poetry and lesbian themes don't ring true, and the whole flick is about as palatable as Spackle on a Saltine. Passable stuff not worth the time. (C-)


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