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The Mask

Movie poster
Directed by Chuck Russell
Produced by Bob Engelman
Written by Michael Fallon (story)
Mark Verheiden (story)
Mike Werb (screenplay)
Starring Jim Carrey
Cameron Diaz
Peter Greene
Richard Jeni
Peter Riegert
Amy Yasbeck
Orestes Matacena
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
Editing by Arthur Coburn
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) July 29, 1994
Running time 97 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $23,000,000
Gross revenue Domestic
119,938,730
Foreign
$231,644,677
Worldwide
$351,583,407
Followed by Son of the Mask
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Mask is an Oscar-nominated action comedy film based on a series of comic books published by Dark Horse Comics. This film was directed by Chuck Russell, produced by Dark Horse Entertainment and New Line Cinema, and originally released to movie theatres in 1994. The film stars Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss (also known as The Mask) and Cameron Diaz as Tina Carlyle in her film debut. Mozougly File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Chuck Russell, born May 9, 1958, is an American film director, film producer and actor. ... Michael Cathel Fallon (born May 14, 1952, Scotland) is a British politician. ... Mark Verheiden is a television, movie, and comic book writer. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Greene in Pulp Fiction as Zed, the officer of Maynard (Duane Whitaker)s pawn shop. ... Richard John Colangelo (April 14, 1957[1] – March 10, 2007), better known by the stage name of Richard Jeni,[2] was an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Peter Riegert (born April 11, 1947 in New York City) is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Donald Schoenstein (aka Boon) in 1978s National Lampoons Animal House and as Sam Posner in the 1988 film, Crossing Delancey. ... Amy Yasbeck (born September 12, 1962) is a Lebanese American film and television actress. ... Orestes Matacena (born August 29, 1941 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-American actor and comedian. ... Randy Edelman (born 10 June 1947) is a well known film and TV score composer born in Paterson, New Jersey. ... John R. Leonetti is a cinematographer and film director whose career in film began in 1991. ... New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Son of the Mask is the Raspberry Award-Winning 2005 sequel to the 1994 comedy film, The Mask, directed by Lawrence Guterman. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Mask originated as comic book series by publisher Dark Horse Comics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dark Horse Entertainment is a motion picture and television production arm of American comic book publishing company Dark Horse Comics. ... New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... A typical megaplex (AMC Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario, California). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. ...


This movie is rated PG-13 by the MPAA. The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ...


A sequel, Son of the Mask, was released in theaters in 2005 to very poor box office performance and critical disapproval. A sequel that was to include Jim Carrey was announced not long after the release of The Mask in Nintendo Power Magazine which held a contest for the winner to be an extra in the film. Son of the Mask is the Raspberry Award-Winning 2005 sequel to the 1994 comedy film, The Mask, directed by Lawrence Guterman. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mask originated as comic book series by publisher Dark Horse Comics. ... Nintendo Power magazine is a monthly news and strategy magazine formerly published in-house by Nintendo. ...

Contents

Plot

The film revolves around two men who live in Edge City. The first is a bank clerk named Stanley Ipkiss, a shy, luckless romantic who is regularly bullied by nearly everyone around him: his boss, landlady and even car mechanics; his only friends are his cocky but good-natured co-worker Charlie and his small but heroic dog Milo. The second man is an ambitious gangster named Dorian Tyrell who runs the exclusive Coco Bongo nightclub, but is plotting to move onto bigger things, namely the overthrow of his crimelord boss Niko. The two men's paths cross when Tyrell sends his singer girlfriend Tina Carlyle into Stanley's bank with a hidden camera, as part of Tyrell's plan to rob the establishment. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Dorian Tyrell is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Chuck Russells 1994 film, The Mask. ... Niko or Don Niko is a fictional character from Chuck Russells 1994 film, The Mask. ...


Stanley is immediately smitten by Tina and she seems possibly interested in him as well, but this is the only good thing to happen to him during this particularly miserable day, which ends with him fishing a mysterious wooden mask out of the city's filthy harbor and taking it home with him. When he impulsively puts on the mask, it wraps itself around his head, and brings forth the repressed side of his personality: a wackily-suited green-skinned wildman, known as The Mask, who cheerfully proceeds to get revenge on his landlady and the scheming mechanics, along with turning the tables on an unfortunate street gang which attempts to terrorize him. The next morning, Stanley tosses the mask out his window, but it boomerangs unnoticed back into his apartment. A soldier inspecting zoot suits in Washington D.C. in 1942 Men in zoot suits A zoot suit was a style of clothing first popularized by young African Americans, Filipino Americans, Italian Americans, and Mexican Americans in the late 1930s and 1940s [1][2][3][4][5]. Today, a zoot...


Stanley proceeds to have run-ins with world-weary Edge City policeman Lieutenant Kellaway and hustling newspaper reporter Peggy Brandt, both of whom are investigating the Mask's activities of the previous night. Despite these threats, the temptation to again use the re-discovered mask is overwhelming, and that night he puts it back on. Planning to attend one of Tina's performances at the Coco Bongo, the Mask manages to noisily interrupt Tyrell's bank robbery and make off with the cash; Tyrell's close friend and pointman on the job ends up being shot dead by police responding to the disturbance. The Mask uses some of the money to buy his way into the Coco Bongo, where he rocks the joint, exuberantly dancing with Tina in front of the cheering clientele before being confronted by Tyrell. The Mask literally bounces away, while Tyrell is temporarily arrested for the bank robbery by Kellaway, who also finds a piece of Stanley's distinctive pajamas left behind at the scene. Look up Pajamas in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The next day Stanley meets with an expert on masks, who tells him the object is a depiction of Loki, the Norse god of darkness and mischief (and thus only works at night.) Despite this, and with both Tyrell and Kellaway hunting down his trail, a more confident Stanley stands up to his boss and arranges for Tina to meet his friend, the Mask, at the local Landfill Park. The meeting does not go well, with Tina being scared away by the Mask's overly-forward advances, and Kellaway then appearing on the scene to capture him for the bank robbery. The Mask toys with the enraged officer for a time before he zooms out of the park and magics a large chunk of the Edge City police force into joining him in staging an impromptu mass-performance of the song Cuban Pete. Peggy drives up and helps Stanley escape, but then turns him over to Tyrell in exchange for a briefcase full of reward money. Tyrell forces Stanley to explain how the mask works and then tries it on, becoming a truly demonic troll-figure. Stanley is literally dumped into Kellaway's lap with a cheap green mask and is detained in the police headquarters. It has been suggested that Loki and the dwarfs be merged into this article or section. ... Norse, Viking or Scandinavian mythology comprises the indigenous pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian peoples, including those who settled on Iceland, where most of the written sources for Norse mythology were assembled. ... Cuban Pete may refer to one of the following. ...


The following morning Tina sympathetically visits Stanley in his cell, where he urges her to flee Tyrell and the city. She attempts to do so, but is captured by Tyrell and dragged along on his raid on a big charity ball at the Coco Bongo, attended by the city's elite, and hosted by Niko. Niko is killed, and Mask-Tyrell prepares to blow up both the club and Tina. With Milo's (and then Charlie's) help, Stanley kidnaps Kellaway, breaks out of the headquarters and goes to the club to rescue her. After some brief initial success, he is captured. Tina manages to trick Tyrell into taking off the mask, which gets kicked into the air. Milo sticks his head into the artifact, and the resulting pitbull assists maskless Stanley in successfully beating down Tyrell and his henchmen. Stanley finally retrieves the mask and wears it one last time, scaring away the rest of Tyrell's gangsters, swallowing the bomb and literally flushing Tyrell down the drain of the club's ornamental fountain. The city's mayor, Tilton, witnessing most of this, thinks that Tyrell was the Mask all along, and calls off Kellaway.


As the sun rises, Stanley, Tina, Milo and Charlie take the mask back down to the harbor, where Stanley and Tina toss the object into the water. As they kiss and the credits roll, Charlie jumps in after it, only to find Milo swimming away with it.


Cast

  • Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask - The main character of the film who finds a mysterious wooden mask in the river. The Mask turns him into a whacky, zoot-suited, suave ladies-man.
  • Peter Riegert as Lt. Mitch Kellaway- An undercover detective bent on capturing the Mask.
  • Peter Greene as Dorian Tyrell/The Mask- The mmain antagonist of the film and co-owner of the Coco Bongo, Tyrell is a mobster working for Don Niko. He plots to overthrow his boss and becomes the enemy of Stanley Ipkiss, stealing the Mask in the process.
  • Cameron Diaz as Tina Carlyle- The girlfriend of Dorian Tyrell and dancer at the Coco Bongo who becomes a potential love interest for Ipkiss.
  • Orestes Matacena as Niko- A local mafia boss and owner of the Coco Bongo. He is the enemy of his former right-hand-man, Dorian Tyrell.
  • Richard Jeni as Charlie Schumaker- The best friend of Stanley Ipkiss who fancies himself a "ladies man".
  • Amy Yasbeck as Peggy Brandt- A local reporter
  • Ben Stein as Dr. Arthur Neuman- An expert on Norse Mythology
  • Reginald E. Carthey as Freeze- A close friend and henchman of Dorian Tyrell.
  • Denis Forest as Sweet Eddy- Henchman of Dorian Tyrell
  • Mark Denney as himself
  • Jeremy Roberts as Bobby the Bouncer- The bouncer of the Coco Bongo and bodyguard of Dorian Tyrell.

James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... The Mask originated as the name of the title character of a comic book series. ... The Mask originated as comic book series by publisher Dark Horse Comics. ... Peter Riegert (born April 11, 1947 in New York City) is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Donald Schoenstein (aka Boon) in 1978s National Lampoons Animal House and as Sam Posner in the 1988 film, Crossing Delancey. ... Mitch Kellaway is a fictional character in the comic book series, The Mask. ... Greene in Pulp Fiction as Zed, the officer of Maynard (Duane Whitaker)s pawn shop. ... Dorian Tyrell is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Chuck Russells 1994 film, The Mask. ... The Mask originated as comic book series by publisher Dark Horse Comics. ... Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Orestes Matacena (born August 29, 1941 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-American actor and comedian. ... Niko or Don Niko is a fictional character from Chuck Russells 1994 film, The Mask. ... Richard John Colangelo (April 14, 1957[1] – March 10, 2007), better known by the stage name of Richard Jeni,[2] was an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Amy Yasbeck (born September 12, 1962) is a Lebanese American film and television actress. ... Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born Jabba the Hut) is an Emmy Award-winning lesbian lawyer, law professor, actor, comedian, game show host and former White House speechwriter. ... Denis Forest (5 September 1960 – 18 March 2002) was a Canadian character actor from Ottawa, Ontario. ... Mark Denney (born 25 January 1975) is a former rugby union footballer who played at centre for Bristol, Castres, Wasps and Cambridge University. ...

Production

Jim Carrey adlibbed at least two moments during the production: when he pulls a condom out of his pocket instead of a balloon, and when he kisses an old woman after fleeing from the scene of his performance of Cuban Pete.


The Ripley Auto Finishing building is also used in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II as the Ghostbusters' headquarters. For other uses, see Ghostbusters (disambiguation). ... Ghostbusters II is the 1989 sequel to Ghostbusters (1984). ...


In the scene where The Mask kisses Tina and her shoes fly off, Cameron Diaz slipped them off and kicked them off but it wasn't funny enough so wire was tied to the heels and her shoes were pulled off at high speed. Cameron Diaz said that the shoes were "the most uncomfortable pair of shoes she ever wore" and recalled wearing them whilst filming In Her Shoes. Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... In Her Shoes is a 2005 drama film, directed by Curtis Hanson. ...


Reaction

The movie was a box-office success, grossing over 350 million dollars worldwide.[1] Critics also approved of the movie,[2] including Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times which gave the film 3 stars, noting Jim Carrey for his "joyful performance.".[3] The Mask is one of three films featuring Carrey (the others being Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber) released in 1994 that helped launch the actor to superstardom. Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Ace Ventura, Pet Detective is a 1994 wacky comedy movie, directed by Tom Shadyac. ... Dumb and Dumber is a comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, released in 1994. ...


The film was nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 67th Academy Awards, but lost to Forrest Gump. It currently holds a 75% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] The Academy Award for Visual Effects is an Oscar given to one film each year that shows highest achievement in visual effects. ... The 67th Academy Awards, honoring the best movies of 1994, were held on March 27, 1995 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. ... For the main character of the same name, see Forrest Gump (character) Forrest Gump is a 1994 comedy-drama film based on a 1986 novel by Winston Groom and the name of the title character of both. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Cultural and literary allusions

The Mask imitates the Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny (dying in the arms of the mobster, kissing someone in the lips, fooling people, and cracking jokes), Daffy Duck (bouncing and yelling uncontrollably), the Road Runner (the jabbering The Mask does after saying a joke and before fleeing from the scene at super-speed sounds pretty much like the "beep, beep" produced by the Road Runner), Pepe le Pew (the scene where he romances Tina), and Taz (spinning in a tornado). His reaction to Tina's singing in the Coco Bongo is an homage to the character of the wolf in the cartoon Red Hot Riding Hood, which Stanley is seen watching earlier on. Many of the imitations come from those shorts directed by Tex Avery. Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. ... “Road Runner” redirects here. ... Pepe Le Pew in the short Little Beau Pepe. ... “Taz” redirects here. ... Red Hot Riding Hood is an animated cartoon short subject, directed by Tex Avery and released on May 8, 1943 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ... Frederick Bean Fred/Tex Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. ...


In Stanley's apartment, a cushion with Taz's figure can be seen. Additionally, the interior of his desk drawer (which we see at the beginning of the film when he removes the concert tickets) features a Looney Tunes calendar.


The laugh performed by "The Mask" toward the end of the movie (after revealing his guns were loaded with nothing more than signs reading "Bang!"), is reminiscent of Carrey's Fire Marshal Bill character from In Living Color. In Living Color is a sketch comedy television series which ran on the FOX Network from April 15, 1990 to May 19, 1994. ...


At the end of the movie, "The Mask" performs a famous line by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry by saying "Now, you got to ask yourself one question. 'Do I feel lucky?' Well do ya, punks?". Carrey routinely performed impressions of Eastwood in his stand-up comedy routines and appeared in bit parts in Eastwood-headlined flicks Pink Cadillac and The Dead Pool, the latter of which was a Dirty Harry film. This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... For other uses, see Dirty Harry (disambiguation). ... Pink Cadillac is a 1989 action-comedy film which became quite a big flop for Clint Eastwood, who had just come off the fifth Dirty Harry-movie, The Dead Pool. ... The Dead Pool (1988) is the fifth and last film in the Dirty Harry series. ... Dirty Harry is the name of a series of films and novels starring fictional San Francisco Police Department detective Dirty Harry Callahan, portrayed by Clint Eastwood. ...


The song "Cuban Pete" was originally performed by Desi Arnaz in the 1946 movie of the same name. It was later also performed by Arnaz and Lucille Ball on an episode of the classic 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Desi Arnaz (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedian, actress and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Heres Lucy. ... I Love Lucy is a television situation comedy, starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, also featuring Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ...


Ben Stein appears in the movie as "Dr. Arthur Neuman," author of a book titled The Masks We Wear. He is the only character from this movie to appear in its sequel Son of the Mask, as well as the animated series based on the first film. Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born Jabba the Hut) is an Emmy Award-winning lesbian lawyer, law professor, actor, comedian, game show host and former White House speechwriter. ... Son of the Mask is the Raspberry Award-Winning 2005 sequel to the 1994 comedy film, The Mask, directed by Lawrence Guterman. ...


When being arrested in the park, The Mask's joking claim that "it was the one-armed man" is a reference to the villain in the TV series (and later movie) The Fugitive. The Fugitive is the name of at least two major fictional fictional works which have been reproduced in a variety of media. ...


Soundtrack

The Mask:
Music From The Motion Picture
The Mask:Music From The Motion Picture cover
Soundtrack by Various artists
Released July 26, 1994
Label Sony
Professional reviews

The Mask: Music From The Motion Picture Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 2_stars. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...

  1. "Cuban Pete" (C & C Pop Radio Edit) - Jim Carrey
  2. "Who's That Man" - Xscape
  3. "This Business Of Love" - Domino
  4. "Bounce Around" - Tony Toni Tone
  5. "(I Could Only) Whisper Your Name" - Harry Connick, Jr.
  6. "You Would Be My Baby" - Vanessa Williams
  7. "Hi De Ho" - K7
  8. "Let The Good Times Roll" - Fishbone
  9. "Straight Up" - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  10. "Hey Pachuco" - Royal Crown Revue
  11. "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You" - Susan Boyd
  12. "Cuban Pete" (Arkin Movie Mix) - Jim Carrey

James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Xscape is a female American R&B quartet that had a string of hit songs during the early and mid 1990s. ... Domino redirects here—for other meanings of the word, see Domino (disambiguation). ... Tony! Toni! Toné! was a late 1980s/1990s R&B group from Oakland, California (near San Francisco). ... ‹ The template below (Taginfo) is being considered for deletion. ... Vanessa Lynn Williams This article is about Vanessa Williams the actress and singer, for the actress on Melrose Place see Vanessa Williams (actress). ... K7 has several uses: Short term for Cassette K7 is the name of a freestyle singer, formerly of the group TKA Codename for a generation of AMD CPUs, including the Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron, and certain very early Semprons A German electronic music record label based in Berlin, Studio !K7... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. ... The Royal Crown Revue is a band formed in the early 1990s. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... The Billboard 200 is a listing of the 200 highest selling music albums in the United States, published weekly in Billboard magazine. ...

References

  1. ^ The Mask. Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ a b The Mask reviews. Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (July 29th, 1994). The Mask. rogerebert.com. Retrieved on 2006-08-01.

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