Behind the Mask (1999)





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The made-for-TV Behind the Mask is the true story of Dr. Bob Shushan, a workaholic who disdains any sort of private life--and neglects his family in the process--the better to help his patients at the British Columbian Centre for the Mentally and Physically Disabled. When Shushan suffers a heart attack, his life is saved by the Centre's mentally handicapped janitor, James Jones (Matthew Fox)--and in the ensuing weeks, doctor and patient become closer than any father and son could ever be. Partly out of gratitude, Shushan makes it his mission to locate James' long-estranged biological father. And as a result of his relationship with James Jones, Shushan finally realizes how he has long short-changed his own family, especially his son Brian (Bradley Whitford), whom Shushan has unfairly written off as a failure. The real James Jones makes an appearance at the end of Behind the Mask, which first aired February 28, 1999 on CBS.
Drama , Television
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Once Upon a Time Films


Donald Sutherland
as Dr. Bob Shushan
Matthew Fox
as James Jones
Mary McDonnell
as Mary Shushan
Bradley Whitford
as Brian Shushan
Ron Sauve
as Gordon Jones
Lorena Gale
as Mrs. Flowers
Dillon Moen
as Avery Shushan
Currie Graham
as Geller
Jennifer Clement
as Kimberly Shushan
Kim Hawthorne
as Pastor Jessie Haynes
Damon Johnson
as Job Applicant
Ty Olsson
as Truck Driver
Deanna Williams
as Hospital Clerk
Peter Bryant
as Brian's Colleague
Kimberly Hawthorne
as Pastor Jessie Haynes
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A true story involving the relationship between an overworked doctor who suffers a heart attack while at the center for the mentally challenged he runs and a patient James Jones who saves his life.The doctor helps him find his missing father while James helps the doctor rekindle the bond with his estranged son.I must admit I wasn't expecting much when I picked up this dvd in the bargain bin at my local box store but was pleasantly surprised.The cast is great including Donald Sutherland as Dr. Shushan and Matthew Fox as James Jones.Don't miss the very end when they show the real James Jones and the good doctor.

Todd Franks
Todd Franks

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