Mask: Director's Cut

1985 NR 2h 7m DVD

Mask: Director's Cut

1985 NR 2h 7m DVD
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This extraordinary film is based on the real-life story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a teenager disfigured by craniodiaphyseal dysplasia. With the help of his mother Rusty's (Cher) love and fierce determination, Rocky overcomes pain, loneliness and prejudice. As his face becomes more and more mask-like, he ultimately becomes an inspiration to his classmates and teachers. Peter Bogdanovich directs, and Sam Elliott co-stars.
Cher, Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott, Estelle Getty, Richard Dysart, Laura Dern, Nick Cassavetes, Micole Mercurio, Harry Carey Jr., Dennis Burkley, Lawrence Monoson, Ben Piazza, Kelly Jo Minter, Alexandra Powers
Peter Bogdanovich
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Mask is a deeply moving and inspirational film about a teenage boy whose face is disfigured by a genetic defect. Based on a true story, the boy, Rocky Dennis, is a positive role model who almost always manages to maintain a sense of humor and a positive attitude in spite of ridicule from strangers and frequent headaches from his condition. Rocky's mother and his close friends see the sweet and intelligent kid within, and treat him like just another teenager growing up. Rocky tries to help his mother in her struggles with drug addiction, and she is seen smoking marijuana, snorting cocaine, taking pills, buying drugs from a dealer, and appearing high and/or drunk. Rocky and his mother's extended family is a rough-and-tumble yet goodhearted biker gang, usually seen drinking beer, smoking, and partying. Profanity is also often used throughout the film. And there is a scene with a prostitute but no sex or nudity.

Sexual Content

A mother brings home a prostitute for her son. While there is no nudity, the son asks the prostitute how much money she makes for having sex. A mother is often seen coming home with different men late at night. A male character wears a sexually suggestive T-shirt.


Bikers fight each other at parties. In a heated argument with his mother, Rocky breaks plates and glasses in the kitchen. In a moment of deep despair, Rocky's mother punches a shelf covered in glasses and then knocks the shelf to the kitchen floor.


Frequent profanity: "f--kin'," "bulls--t," 's--tty," "bastard," "pissed off," "son of a bitch." Some instances of bullying: on three occasions, as Rocky is in a new environment, someone asks him to "take off his mask." While in line to ride bumper cars, the ticket-taker calls Rocky a "retard."

Social Behavior

In spite of tremendous difficulty, maintaining a positive attitude and a good sense of humor will go a long way. Everyone is different in this world. Treat people based on who they are on the inside, not how they look on the outside.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Rocky's mother chainsmokes cigarettes. Adult characters are often seen smoking and drinking. At parties, adult characters act drunk -- stumbling around, fighting, slurring their speech. The mother in the film is seen smoking marijuana, snorting cocaine, taking pills, buying drugs from a drug dealer, and acting drunk and high.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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