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The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 29 July 1994 (USA)
Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

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Storyline

Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) is a bank clerk that is an incredibly nice man. Unfortunately, he is too nice for his own good and is a pushover when it comes to confrontations. After one of the worst days of his life, he finds a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse night god of mischief. Now, when he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoon romantic wild man. However, a small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel (Peter Greene), comes across this character dubbed "The Mask" by the media. After Ipkiss's alter ego indirectly kills his friend in crime, Tyrel now wants this green-faced goon destroyed. Written by Ian Pugh <skypilot@ezaccess.net>

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for some stylized violence | See all certifications »

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29 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Maska  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,117,068 (USA) (31 July 1994)

Gross:

$119,938,730 (USA)
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Trivia

The studio considered Anna Nicole Smith, Vanessa Williams and Kristy Swanson for Tina Carlyle. See more »

Goofs

In the final shootout in Niko's club, Dorian's bad guys are shooting at Ipkiss (The Mask) as he hides behind the bar. As they finish shooting the center guy removes and drops his gun's clip. When Ipkiss jumps up and sits on the bar the center guy removes the same clip again before inserting a new one. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Brandt: I'm with the Evening Star. Can you tell me what happened here?
Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: No, and you can quote me.
Peggy Brandt: Well, it looks like some sort of Mob tactic.
Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: There it is, boys, she broke the case. Come on, get these rubbernecks out of here.
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Crazy Credits

When all the credits have finished some jazz drumming is heard. Then the familiar sounds of The Mask are heard saying "Yo-ho-ho-ho" (in a very drawn voice) then the sound of The Mask spinning away is heard straight after. See more »

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Spoofs The Shooting of Dan McGoo (1945) See more »

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Of Thee I Swing
Written by David Michael Frank
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S-s-s-s-mokin'!
23 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a "zero" as the film tagline says, who never speaks his mind about anything. The typical mild-mannered guy.

After Stanley finds an enchanted mask under a bridge one day, though, everything changes. He goes from "zero to hero". But first, he plays around with his new found menacing powers.

Calling the mask a hero is like calling Hitler kind of a good guy. The mask makes Stanley rob banks, scare people and more. He's half-hero.

"The Mask" is not great, but it fits Carrey's film persona quite well. He bounces off the wall (literally) and just doesn't sit still. Typical Carrey.

If you're not one for loser-to-hero films or wacky slapstick, don't see "The Mask". Otherwise, it's worth a peek.

3/5 stars


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