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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Eric Stoltz
as Rocky Dennis
as Rusty Dennis
Ben Piazza
as Mr. Simms
Joe Unger
as Boy Friend
Todd Allen
as Canuck
Jeannie Dimter Barton
as Junior High Secretary
Steve V. James
as Hospital Intern
Cathy Arden
as Hospital Doctor
Andrew Robinson
as Dr. Vinton
Ivan Jorge Rado
as Dr. Rudinsky
Wayne Grace
as Drug Dealer
Jo-El Sonnier
as Sunshine
Paige Matthews
as Stickman's Girl
Patricia Pelham
as Canuck's Girl
Gale Ricketts
as Sunshine's Girl
Stan Ross
as Drunken Biker
Scott Willardsen
as Junior High Teacher
Marsha Warfield
as Homeroom Teacher
Allison Roth
as Nancy Lawrence
David Scott Milton
as History Teacher
Creed Bratton
as Carnival Ticket Taker
Rummel Mor
as Track Runner
Marilyn Hamilton
as Mr. Kaplan's Aide
Anna Thea
as Woman Counselor
Louis Waldon
as Camp Cook
Toni Sawyer
as Mrs. Adams
Chris Rydell
as Senior High STudent
Lou Felder
as Mr. Adams
Christopher Rydell
as High School Student
Beth McKinley
as High School Student
Jill Whitlow
as Annie Marie
Steve James
as Hospital Intern
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Critic Reviews for Mask

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Audience Reviews for Mask

  • Dec 02, 2011
    A movie with a lot a heart. But sadly nobody wants to watch such a sad story ever again.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2011
    A movie with a lot a heart. But sadly nobody wants to watch such a sad story ever again.
    Jim C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2010
    I remember watching this movie when I was younger wondering when the rig was going to drive out and turn into the command center like it does on the cartoon. When I finally figured out that this movie and the cartoon M.A.S.K. were not the same thing I found that it was a pretty good story with good acting.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2010
    One of those movies you just need to see to truly understand.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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