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Paper Mask (1990)

A lowly hospital orderly impersonates a recently deceased doctor and goes to work in the busy ER of a small hospital where he meets and befriends a nurse who slowly figures out his secret and helps him maintain his charade.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Matthew Harris
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Christine Taylor
Frederick Treves ...
Dr. Mumford
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Dr. Thorn
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Celia Mumford
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Alec Moran
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Dr. Lloyd
John Warnaby ...
Dr. Hammond
Alexandra Mathie ...
Beverley
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Coroner
Frank Baker ...
Happy
Clive Rowe ...
Ants
Robert Oates ...
Head Porter
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Alison
Dale Rapley ...
Dr. Simon Hennessey
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Storyline

With the papers of a young doctor who died in a deadly accident, the ambitious male nurse Matthew manages to get hired as a doctor in the casuality department of an hospital in Bristol. Nurse Christine believes it's only his nervousness, which makes him "forget" the most basic procedures. But even her help cannot prevent that his lack of qualification soon has deadly consequences... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Rated R for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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John Collee wrote the screenplay based on his own 1987 novel "A Paper Mask." See more »

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Dr. Thorn: [testing Matthew's ability to diagnose an elderly male patient lying in hospital bed] Feel his pulse.
Matthew Harris: [hung-over and very nervous] It's irregular.
Dr. Thorn: So?
Matthew Harris: Atrial fibrillation.
Dr. Thorn: Listen to his chest.
Matthew Harris: [placing stethoscope on patient's back] Please sit forward. Breathe in please. And out. And in, and out, and in, and out.
[to Dr. Thorn]
Matthew Harris: Basal crepitations.
Dr. Thorn: Feel his liver. Well?
Matthew Harris: It's normal.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Little Blue Pills
By John Collee and Tam White
Performed by Tam White (uncredited)
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will make you wince
8 November 2007 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A nifty little psychological thriller about a fake doctor in an English hospital. His first night on the emergency room is a tautly paced piece of film-making as he knows nothing about how to help accident victims, one who has a nasty looking cut on his hand and who the "doctor" ignorantly and with frightening incompetence, grabs the wrong way. It's wincing to watch. The movie doesn't take too much advantage of the most obvious situation, but delves into the hospital culture and relations among doctors, as well his relationship with a nurse. It's the girls all along that he really wanted, and being a doctor was a sure ticket to a more lively sex life. He was an orderly before, working in a hospital laundry room, and though quite intelligent (maybe he could have actually become a doctor the old-fashioned way), has a mean and devious streak in him, that one senior physician detects right off, but that eludes others. The movie could have gone for more shock value with his encounters with patients, but instead develops his weird character living a double life.


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