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The Mask (film)
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Directed by Produced by Screenplay by Story by Based on Starring Chuck Russell Bob Engelman Mike Werb Michael Fallon Mark Verheiden The Mask by Dark Horse Comics Jim Carrey Peter Riegert Peter Greene Amy Yasbeck Richard Jeni Cameron Diaz Randy Edelman
Cinematography John R. Leonetti Editing by Studio Distributed by Release date(s) Running time Country Language Budget Box office Arthur Coburn Dark Horse Entertainment New Line Cinema
July 29, 1994
101 minutes United States English $23 million
The Mask is a 1994 American superhero fantasy action comedy film based on a series of comic books published by Dark Horse Comics. This film was directed by Chuck Russell, and produced by Dark Horse Entertainment and New Line Cinema, and originally released to movie theatres on July 29, 1994. The film stars Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss, a man who finds the Mask of Loki that turns him into The Mask, a grinning, magically-powered trickster uninhibited by anything, including physical reality. The film's supporting cast includes Peter Greene as mafia officer Dorian Tyrell, Amy Yasbeck as a newspaper reporter, Peter Riegert and Jim Doughan as two police detectives, Richard Jeni as Stanley's friend, Orestes Matacena as nightclub owner and mafia boss Niko, Ben Stein as a psychologist, and Cameron Diaz in her feature film debut as Stanley's love interest Tina Carlyle. The movie was among the top ten moneymakers of its year, cemented Carrey's reputation as one of the dominant comedic actors of the era, and established Diaz as a major starlet immediately, who would go on to have a long career as a leading lady. Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role, and the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but lost to Forrest Gump.
cartoonish figure called "The Mask". In light of recent events. who cheerfully exacts revenge on some of Stanley's tormentors (in comical goofy fashion) and terrifies a street gang that attempts to terrorize him. The meeting goes badly when the Mask's advances scare Tina away and Kellaway and his cops discover him. Despite this. Gangster Dorian Tyrell (Peter Greene) runs the exclusive Coco Bongo nightclub while plotting to overthrow his boss Niko.The Mask (film) 2 Plot Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey). and transforms him into a wackily-suited. Meanwhile Tyrell is summoned to a meeting with Niko. Tyrell still continues with his plans. Tyrell becomes . who shoots off a part of the Mask's tie (which transforms back into a piece of Stanley's pajamas). Stanley encounters world-weary Edge City detective Lieutenant Kellaway who loves puppies and is going to turn the mask into a puppy. Stanley manages to bluff his way out of trouble by telling Kellaway that his pajamas were stolen last night (at the same time trying to hide away the money the Mask stole from the bank in his closet). is a shy. and car mechanics.000. Kellaway and his partner Detective Doyle (Jim Doughan) are examining the CCTV from the bank and finger prints from some of the bank notes and discover that none of them match to Tyrell or his men. he arranges for Tina to meet the Mask at the local Landfill Park. Kellaway arrives at Stanley's apartment next morning to ask him about the Mask's activities of the previous night (using the piece of Stanley's pajamas as evidence). including his boss. That evening Stanley wakes up from a dream and notices the Mask still in his apartment (having thrown the mask out his window that morning). The Mask buys entry into the Coco Bongo. who finds the piece of Stanley's distinctive pajamas at the club. his landlady. His only friends are his dog Milo and his co-worker Charlie Schumacher (Richard Jeni). Stanley manages to run down an alley (just before Kellaway and Doyle make the police snap back to reality) and gets the mask off and Peggy helps him escape. green-headed. a clerk at an Edge City bank. but then betrays him to Tyrell for a mob bounty of $50. both of whom are investigating the Mask's activities of the previous night. The Mask toys with the enraged officer before zooming out of the park and tricking a large group of Edge City police officers (who were waiting to ambush him) into joining him in a mass-performance production of the song Cuban Pete. When he takes the object home and puts it on. luckless romantic who is regularly bullied by nearly everyone around him. Peggy arrives at Stanley's bank and interviews him about the Mask's activities. Stanley is stranded with a broken-down rental car at the city's filthy harbor. The Mask escapes. At the police station. a trickster unbound by any limitations whether be personal inhibitions or the laws of physics. Despite this. Needing money to attend Tina's performance at the Coco Bongo. the Norse god of darkness and mischief (hence why it only works at night). but after being denied entrance to the Coco Bongo. Tyrell and his men interrogate Stanley about how the Mask works and Tyrell tries it on. Tyrell sends his singer girlfriend Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz) into Stanley's bank with a hidden camera. who tells him that the object is a depiction of Loki. while Tyrell is temporarily arrested for the bank robbery by Kellaway. and she seems to reciprocate. (Peter Riegert) and newspaper reporter Peggy Brandt (Amy Yasbeck). where he finds a mysterious wooden mask. and with both Tyrell and Kellaway (who now has finger print evidence that Stanley stole the money) hunting for him. before being confronted by Tyrell. The temptation to again use the mask is overwhelming and he puts it back on. it comes alive. the Mask noisily interrupts Tyrell's bank robbery and steals their target money while one of Tyrell's henchmen and good friend Freeze is shot by police responding to the disturbance. in preparation to rob the establishment. wraps around his head. where he "rocks the joint" by dancing exuberantly with Tina in front of the cheering clientèle to the song 'Hey Pachuco'. a more confident Stanley arrives at work late again that morning and stands up to his boss then gets a visit from Tina who wishes to close her account. When Niko finds out about Tyrell's plans to rob Edge city bank and worrying that Tyrell's criminal schemes will attract a lot of police attention. Stanley is not attracted to Tina. he assaults him and gives him one week to flee the city. Stanley consults an expert on masks. The next morning. Stanley then agrees to arrange a meeting between her and the Mask that night. at the end of the dance he gives Tina a kiss that literally blows her shoes off.
a slightly cynical police detective who pursues the Mask. Mechanic on Ipkiss's car and Irv's brother. Stanley's best friend and colleague. Charlie attempts to recover the mask for himself. but is prevented by Milo. dumped on Kellaway's lap. Dorian Tyrell's bodyguard and best friend. using its abilities to defeat the rest of Tyrell's men. Stanley's cantankerous land-lady. a mafia officer who desires to kill his superior. and Niko throughout the film. • Orestes Matacena as Niko. • Richard Jeni as Charlie Schumaker. In a deleted scene. • Amy Yasbeck as Peggy Brandt. mistakenly deduces that Tyrell was the Mask from the start and orders Kellaway to release Stanley. Lt. • Reginald E. Tyrell and his men go into Stanley's apartment where they find the money they were originally trying to steal from the bank. • Jim Doughan as Detective Doyle. Dorian. with a rubber green mask. Williams and Kristy Swanson. he becomes a troll-like figure representing his malice. Charlie. This role marked the feature film debut for Cameron Diaz. Stanley then recovers the mask and wears it one last time. • Cameron Diaz as Tina Carlyle. When Ipkiss puts on the Mask. the mafia boss of Edge City and owner of the Coco Bongo Club. while Stanley fights Dorian himself. and is thrown in jail where he tells Milo to find a new home. where he urges her to free the city. As the sun rises. literally. where Tina and Stanley discard it into the water. • Tim Bagley as Irv Ripley.The Mask (film) a demonic. which she kicks into the air and recovered by Milo. Just as they are leaving. Milo (having slept in the ally behind Stanley's cell) helps Stanley break out of his cell and they go to the club to stop Tyrell (not before Stanley captures Kellaway and his car at gunpoint). but can be selfish or irrational at times. They arrive at the club where Stanley ties Kellaway up. Vanessa L. the character is killed by Dorian when first transformed by the Mask. • Johnny Williams as Burt Ripley. the studio considered casting Anna Nicole Smith. who portrays Stanley Ipkiss. just trying to get by". Meanwhile. Stanley and Tina share their first kiss. When Dorian wears the Mask. Jim Carrey. The Masked Tyrell kills Niko and prepares to destroy both the club and Tina. Mechanic on Ipkiss's car and Burt's brother. but is captured by Tyrell and taken to his raid of a charity ball at the Coco Bongo. Tyrell orders his henchmen to tie Stanley up with Tina but Tina tricks Tyrell into taking off the mask. Meanwhile. 3 Cast • Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask. Stanley. Tina. the girlfriend of mobster Dorian Tyrell who is largely dissatisfied with Dorian as a partner. Milo and Charlie take the mask back down to the harbor. witnessing most of this. • Peter Greene as Dorian Tyrell. a reporter with a crush on Stanley. Tina sympathetically visits Stanley in his cell. Doyle and the police then storm into the club and arrest Tyrell's men. he becomes a suave cartoon figure having the ability to manipulate his own shape and the world around him to a superhuman extent. Charlie is amiable. Stanley is captured meanwhile Milo manages to get out of the car. Kellaway. Mitch Kellaway. Before Diaz was cast. • Nancy Fish as Mrs. Peenman. Stanley is then. He locks Milo and Kellaway in the car and tells Kellaway to call for back up. and exhibits beastial behavior. The city's mayor. who swims away with it before he can get to it. save Tina by swallowing Tyrell's bomb and flush Tyrell down the drain of the club's ornamental fountain. . • Peter Riegert as Lt. She attempts to do so. allowing the dog to assume anthropomorphism and defeat Tyrell's men. but does not deny him until courted by his rival. Cathey as Freeze. commented that he characterized Stanley after his own father: "a nice guy. Just before they take Stanley to the police. Milo manages to get out of the apartment and follow Tyrell's car. Devil-like figure and decides to give Stanley to the police. Kellaway's slightly-inept partner. Stanley sneaks into the club and after brief initial success with the assistance of Charlie. hosted by Niko and attended by the city's elite.
he was also nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst New Star". Diaz's blowsy appeal. Jr. but lost to Forrest Gump. American Film Institute Lists • AFI's 100 Years. noting Jim Carrey for his "joyful performance. Harry Connick. Vanessa Williams. Conversely.Nominated • AFI's 10 Top 10 . becoming the second-highest grossing superhero movie at that time. Ivory Ocean as Mayor Mitchell Tilton Joely Fisher as Maggie Ben Stein as Dr.100 Movie Quotes: • "Somebody stop me!" . it has a rating score of 56. and the film's overall cartoony bombast keep The Mask afloat. 1994 on Chaos Records. The film is also considered a cult classic. grossing $119 million domestically and over $350 million worldwide. it remains immensely popular. Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe.Nominated Fantasy Film Soundtracks Original soundtrack The Mask: Music From the Motion Picture was released on July 26. Even though it has been out-grossed by several superhero movies throughout the years. which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from film critics.as a major star in Hollywood as well." 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. 4 Reception The film was a box-office success. It features music from Xscape. who gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. the critics gave the film "two thumbs up" and the movie went on their list of "Best of 1994". of the Chicago Sun-Times. including Roger Ebert. . In addition. It currently holds a 77% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a consensus stating "It misses perhaps as often as it hits. Jim Carrey himself and more..." On the television program Siskel & Ebert. At Metacritic. though The Mask was the most successful of these three films both critically and commercially. but Carrey's manic bombast. Tony! Toni! Toné!.. The film also received positive reviews from critics. a psychologist who tells Ipkiss of the Mask being representative of Loki. especially among children. behind Batman. The film is also notable for immediately establishing Diaz . The film was nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 67th Academy Awards.The Mask (film) • • • • Denis Forest as Sweet Eddy. which is associated with Sony Music Entertainment. Arthur Neuman. indicating "mixed or average reviews" based on 12 reviews. one of Tyrell's thugs.previously a complete unknown .
"Hey! Pachuco!" . The Search 13. The score was composed and conducted by Randy Edelman and performed by the Irish Film Orchestra. Out Of The Line Of Fire 8. Track listing 1. "Hi De Ho" .# 80 Orchestral soundtrack Epic Soundtrax's The orchestral score soundtrack to The Mask was released shortly after the original soundtrack's release.Tony! Toni! Toné! 5.Fishbone 9. "Cuban Pete" (Arkin Movie Mix) .Xscape 3. Ain't I Good to You" .Susan Boyd 12.The Mask (film) 5 The Mask: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack album by Various artists Released Label July 26. Dorian Gets A New Face 11.Vanessa Williams 7. "Let the Good Times Roll" . Opening . Baby. Forked Tongue 14. Tango In The Park 6.Royal Crown Revue 11. "Straight Up" .Domino 4. "Bounce Around" .Harry Connick. Finale .Jim Carrey • 1994 Billboard 200 .Jim Carrey 2. A Dark Night 9. 1994 Chaos Records Track listing 1. "Who's That Man" . Milo To The Rescue 15.The Brian Setzer Orchestra 10. Looking For A Way Out 12. "(I Could Only) Whisper Your Name" . The Mask Is Back 16. Lovebirds 7. "This Business of Love" . Tina 3.K7 8. "Gee. "Cuban Pete" (C & C Pop Radio Edit) . Jr. Carnival 4.The Origin Of The Mask 2. Transformation 5. 6. The Man Behind The Mask 10. "You Would Be My Baby" .
com/ drop/ ballot. Dumb and Dumber.The Mask (film) 6 Home video The film was released on VHS and Laserdisc (and later on DVD) by New Line Home Video. afi. it was announced in Nintendo Power that Carrey would be returning in a sequel called The Mask II. Son of the Mask. Worst Supporting Actor (Bob Hoskins). pdf) External links • The Mask (http://www. as a promotion for their corporate sibling Cartoon Network's Space Ghost Coast to Coast after the film. pdf)  AFI's 10 Top 10 Ballot (http:/ / www. due to Jim Carrey declining to reprise his role. It received 8 nominations at the 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Picture. The magazine held a contest. An unrelated sequel. It also had a trailer for Jim Carrey's then-upcoming film. Some ideas for The Mask II made it into the animated series.allrovi..85:1 and is encoded in 1080p/VC-1. 2008.com/title/tt0110475/) at the Internet Movie Database • The Mask (http://www. Worst Remake or Sequel. The sequel was a box-office bomb and was universally panned by critics. Its audio is a 5. but. Worst Actor (Jamie Kennedy). It was later released Blu-ray Disc on December 9.com/movies/movie/v133721) at AllRovi . After this. one by director Chuck Russell and the other by the rest of the production crew. References  AFI's 100 Years. afi. and ads for the soundtrack to the film. and for what was then branded as Betty Crocker Pop Secret. com/ Docs/ 100Years/ quotes400. Worst Screenplay (Lance Khazei) and Worst Screen Couple (Jamie Kennedy and Anybody Stuck Sharing the Screen with Him).. Carrey revealed that he was offered what would be a record-setting sum of $10 million to star in The Mask II. the project never came to fruition. Worst Supporting Actor (Alan Cumming). an animated series was released and ran for two seasons. because his experiences on Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls convinced him that reprising a character he'd previously played offered him no challenges as an actor.1 Dolby TrueHD encoded at a 16 bit / 48 kHz sample rate. Special features include additional scenes. production details and two commentary tracks.100 Movie Quotes Nominees (http:/ / www. Sequels Not long after the release of The Mask. In a 1995 Barbara Walters Special. was released in theaters in February 2005.imdb. but turned it down. It has an aspect ratio of 1. Worst Director (Lawrence Guterman). The VHS version included an interview between Jim Carrey and Space Ghost. with the winner being an extra in the film.
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