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Mask
     

Mask

4.8 5
Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Cast: Cher, Sam Elliott, Eric Stoltz

 

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This is the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a personable young man suffering from "lionitis," a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. The son of freewheeling biker Rusty Dennis (Cher), Rocky is accepted without question by his mom's boyfriends and cycle buddies, but treated with pity, condescension, and disgust by much of the outside world

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This is the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a personable young man suffering from "lionitis," a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. The son of freewheeling biker Rusty Dennis (Cher), Rocky is accepted without question by his mom's boyfriends and cycle buddies, but treated with pity, condescension, and disgust by much of the outside world. The local high school principal tries to get Rocky classified as brain-damaged so he won't have to enroll the boy in his school, but Rusty fights for her son's rights with the ferocity of a mother lioness. Rocky makes friends easily both at school and at summer camp. He also falls in love with Diana (Laura Dern), a blind girl who cannot see his deformed countenance and is entranced by the boy's kindness and compassion. Now that he's got his own life in order, Rocky sets about to wean his chronically depressed mother from her drug habit. Mask is the sort of story that might have ending up wallowing in its own pathos had the acting, direction and scriptwriting (by Anna Hamilton Phelan) been anything less than very good. The film proved a much-needed financial success for director Peter Bogdanovich, though unfortunately it didn't come soon enough to stave off his declaring personal bankruptcy.This is the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a personable young man suffering from "lionitis," a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. The son of freewheeling biker Rusty Dennis (Cher), Rocky is accepted without question by his mom's boyfriends and cycle buddies, but treated with pity, condescension, and disgust by much of the outside world. The local high school principal tries to get Rocky classified as brain-damaged so he won't have to enroll the boy in his school, but Rusty fights for her son's rights with the ferocity of a mother lioness. Rocky makes friends easily both at school and at summer camp. He also falls in love with Diana (Laura Dern), a blind girl who cannot see his deformed countenance and is entranced by the boy's kindness and compassion. Now that he's got his own life in order, Rocky sets about to wean his chronically depressed mother from her drug habit. Mask is the sort of story that might have ending up wallowing in its own pathos had the acting, direction and scriptwriting (by Anna Hamilton Phelan) been anything less than very good. The film proved a much-needed financial success for director Peter Bogdanovich, though unfortunately it didn't come soon enough to stave off his declaring personal bankruptcy.

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Far removed from his early-1970s critical heyday, director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) briefly returned to favor with 1985's Mask. Based on the tragic true story of Rocky Dennis, the material rescues its inherently formulaic nature with heartfelt performances from leads Eric Stoltz and Cher -- who won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival -- and a surprisingly compelling script from Anna Hamilton Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist). Bogdanovich sued Universal Pictures after they made alterations to his final cut: most notably, the songs of Bruce Springsteen were replaced by those of Bob Seger to cut costs. Bogdanovich failed to revitalize his career with the film's critical and popular success; his next film was the shockingly bad screwball comedy Illegally Yours. Cher, however, continued to prove herself a worthy actress, culminating in her Best Actress Academy Award in 1987 for Moonstruck.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/1998
UPC:
0014381429329
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:00:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cher Rusty Dennis
Sam Elliott Gar
Eric Stoltz Rocky Dennis
Estelle Getty Evelyn
Richard Dysart Abe
Laura Dern Diana
Micole Mercurio Babe
Harry Carey Red
Dennis Burkley Dozer
Lawrence Monoson Ben
Ivan Jorge Rado Dr. Rudinsky
Jo-El Sonnier Sunshine
Louis Waldon Camp Cook
Ben Piazza Mr. Simms
L. Craig King Eric
Alexandra Powers Lisa
Kelly Minter Lorrie
Joe Unger Boy Friend
Todd Allen Canuck
Howard Hirdler Stickman
Jeannie Dimter Barton Junior High Secretary
Cathy Arden Hospital Doctor
Anna Hamilton Phelan Puppy Lady
Wayne Grace Drug Dealer
Nick Cassavetes T.J.
Dudek Bone
Rebecca Sharkey Angel
Paige Matthews Stickman's Girl
Patricia Pelham Canuck's Girl
Gale Ricketts Sunshine's Girl
Stan Ross Drunken Biker
Scott Willardsen Jr. High Student
Marsha Warfield Home Room Teacher
Allison Roth Nancy Lawrence
David Scott Milton History Teacher
Creed Bratton Carnival Ticket Taker
L. Charles Taylor Boy Friend
Rummel Mor Track Runner
Barry Tubb Deuey
Norman Kaplan Himself
Marilyn Hamilton Mr. Kaplan's Aide
Anna Thea Woman Counselor
Toni Sawyer Mrs. Adams
Lou Felder Mr. Adams
Chris Rydell Senior High STudent
Beth McKinley Senior High Student
Jill Whitlow Annie Marie
Eddie Paul Biker
Mike Adams Biker
Jeff Jensen Biker
Jack Wright Biker
Steve James Hospital Intern
Andrew Robinson Dr. Vinton

Technical Credits
Peter Bogdanovich Director,Screenwriter
Howard Alston Co-producer
Robert Chase Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Cole Makeup
Sandra Culotta Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard J. de Cinces Set Decoration/Design
Zoltan Elek Makeup
John M. Elliott Makeup
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Ford Editor
Eva Gardos Editor
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Dan Lester Special Effects
Norman Newberry Production Designer
Eddie Paul Stunts
Anna Hamilton Phelan Screenwriter
Tony Scarano Costumes/Costume Designer
Denise Schlom Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Starger Producer
Michael Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
   Special Features
      Director
         Peter Bogdanovich
            Directoral Filmography
      Actors
         Cher
            Filmography
            Discography
         Sam Elliott
            Filmography
         Eric Stoltz
            Filmography
         Laura Dern
      Awards
   Feature Start

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Mask 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, one of the best movies I have ever seen! After watching this movie, it goes to show that it's the small things that count in life, and that being different is not so bad at all. The story reflects upon the life of Rocky Dennis, a young teenager growing with with his motorcycle mom, who deals with a difficult drug addiction, though for him, is dealing with a rare, uncurable disease, which affects his relationship with the people and world around him, though Rocky manages to remain optimistic and to have a good sense of humor, which causes many to actually enjoy his presence, and like him who who he is as a person, more than how he looks on the outside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to replace my VHS copy of this movie because I wore it out. I am a great fan of Cher and I think she portrade the feelings of any dysfunctional mom with a teen, let alone a teen with a disability. This movie is so heart warming on so many levels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie stands the test of time. With whats happening in our world today, we need a movie like this to come back into our lives and teach us about being different and how that's 'okay.' Being a huge Cher fan, I was always hoping to one day to see some of the deleted scenes that were shot for this movie and yet 'taken out.' The two scenes, adding up to 7 minutes of deleted footage create a feeling of depth and love for the Mother/Son relationship that is so important to this 'true' story. Plus the added bonus of the orig. music back in place and a wonderful look into the casting and making of this beautiful piece of art by the director himself. Do yourself a favor see it again and/or share it with those you love. See why Cher is to be respected as an Actress of unlimited ability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have seen. Cher is awesome in it and so is Sam Elliott Some of the supporting actors/actresses could have done a better job, but I was so overwhelmed by the movie and the lead performers, I thought about that for a milisecond. SEE THIS IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE!!!