Paper Mask Reviews

  • Dec 08, 2011

    Excellent stuff. More people should know about this movie! Saw it on T.V. years ago, took me ages to find it online.

    Excellent stuff. More people should know about this movie! Saw it on T.V. years ago, took me ages to find it online.

  • May 18, 2011

    Apt that this - one of Film on Four's more commercially minded endeavours from the turn of the 90s - should return to circulation at a moment when the Tories find themselves in power again, the NHS has been left in a state of upheaval, and social mobility has fallen to its lowest rate for some time... Though it lacks the refined clinical chilliness of those medical thrillers either adapted from or inspired by Michael Crichton ("Coma", "Malice", "Extreme Measures"), in its blocky, made-for-television way, it gets the abject terror of A&E, a place of cries and screams, the thinnest of curtains separating life from death, where even fully legit professionals are faced with making critical decisions on behalf of individuals whose existence (or, indeed, limbs) are hanging by a thread. McGann, in what remains really his only substantial post-"Withnail" role, grows sweatier by the half-hour, as though the glue holding his face on (and his assumed life together) was rapidly melting away.

    Apt that this - one of Film on Four's more commercially minded endeavours from the turn of the 90s - should return to circulation at a moment when the Tories find themselves in power again, the NHS has been left in a state of upheaval, and social mobility has fallen to its lowest rate for some time... Though it lacks the refined clinical chilliness of those medical thrillers either adapted from or inspired by Michael Crichton ("Coma", "Malice", "Extreme Measures"), in its blocky, made-for-television way, it gets the abject terror of A&E, a place of cries and screams, the thinnest of curtains separating life from death, where even fully legit professionals are faced with making critical decisions on behalf of individuals whose existence (or, indeed, limbs) are hanging by a thread. McGann, in what remains really his only substantial post-"Withnail" role, grows sweatier by the half-hour, as though the glue holding his face on (and his assumed life together) was rapidly melting away.

  • Mar 14, 2011

    Intriguing black comedy(?) about a hospital orderly who manages to successfully impersonate a doctor.

    Intriguing black comedy(?) about a hospital orderly who manages to successfully impersonate a doctor.

  • Dec 24, 2010

    About time that this got a DVD release in Feb 2011

    About time that this got a DVD release in Feb 2011

  • mirabella 1 Super Reviewer
    Feb 12, 2010

    PAPER MASK (1981) Directed by Christopher Morahan. Written by Dr John Collee (based on his book). Odd, effective & extremely suspenseful thriller, based on a true story about a psychopathic hospital orderly who assumes the identity of a dead young doctor & starts practicing medicine, & becomes a human time bomb in the British public hospital system. A fascinating study of a disturbed personality who will do anything to protect his secret, together with a biting indictment on the 'boys club'/closed shop mentality present amongst doctors who rally around to cover the imposter's mistakes in the misguided belief that they are protecting one of 'their own'. A superior, highly intelligent & credible script & top-notch performances put this among one of the best British offerings of the 90's. *****5 out of 5 stars*****

    PAPER MASK (1981) Directed by Christopher Morahan. Written by Dr John Collee (based on his book). Odd, effective & extremely suspenseful thriller, based on a true story about a psychopathic hospital orderly who assumes the identity of a dead young doctor & starts practicing medicine, & becomes a human time bomb in the British public hospital system. A fascinating study of a disturbed personality who will do anything to protect his secret, together with a biting indictment on the 'boys club'/closed shop mentality present amongst doctors who rally around to cover the imposter's mistakes in the misguided belief that they are protecting one of 'their own'. A superior, highly intelligent & credible script & top-notch performances put this among one of the best British offerings of the 90's. *****5 out of 5 stars*****