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The Face Behind the Mask (2003)

The Face Behind the Mask (2003)

The Face Behind the Mask





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Considering the miniscule budget and grim nature of this film it is surprisingly stylish and well-wrought as it tells the tale of a Hungarian immigrant whose face was horribly scarred after a fire. To conceal his disfigurement, he wears a hideous but expensive mask. Things go from bad to worse, when he gets involved with gangsters. Soon afterward, he falls in love with a blind girl. He is happy for a while but then a terrible tragedy takes it all away.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Arthur Levinson, Thomas Edward O'Connell, Paul Jarrico, Allen Vincent
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Peter Lorre
as Janos 'Johnny' Szabo
Evelyn Keyes
as Helen Williams
Don Beddoe
as Lt. James 'Jim' O'Ha...
Al Seymour
as Benson
Warren Ashe
as Johnson
Charles C. Wilson
as Chief O'Brien
George McKay
as Terry Finnegan
Ben Taggart
as Dr.Jones
Mary Currier
as Nurse Kritzer
Al Bridge
as Horgan
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Perkins
Frank Reicher
as Dr. Cheever
Al Hill
as Horton
Lee Prather
as Immigration Officer
David Oliver
as Steward
John Dilson
as Anderson
Joel Friedkin
as Mr. Perkins
Sam Ash
as Mike Cary
Edwin Stanley
as Dr. Beckett
Claire Rochelle
as Nurse Bailey
Harry Strang
as Clerk Stimson
Lee Shumway
as Policeman
Jack Gardner
as Man at Fire
Eddie Foster
as City Slicker
Chuck Hamilton
as Gas Station Attendan...
Bill Lally
as Wilson
Ernie S. Adams
as Hotel Guest
Charles Wilson
as Chief O'Brien
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Critic Reviews for The Face Behind the Mask

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

The film is a horror story in that it offers a vision of the American Dream turning ugly and wrong.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Face Behind the Mask


this is a fun low budget thriller, with lorre somehow morphing from innocent immigrant to criminal mastermind in what seems like no time, after being badly burned in a fire. of course he falls in love with a beautiful blind woman as there's always one around in these cases. a scene where he tries to get tough with another gangster recently released from prison is pretty funny. the ending is really great

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


This story of a man sinking into a life of crime out of desperation seems like it should be good, and it does start off well. But the ending just didn't sit well with me. No fault of Peter Lorre's. It just seemed awfully vindictive for a character who seemed like an otherwise decent human being.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

The film is a horror story in that it offers a vision of the American Dream turning ugly and wrong.year s/b 1941 first cycle noir not 2003

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