Mask (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Biopic [feature], Medical Drama  |   Release Date - Mar 8, 1985 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Far removed from his early-1970s critical heyday, director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) briefly returned to favor with 1985's Mask. Based on the tragic true story of Rocky Dennis, the material rescues its inherently formulaic nature with heartfelt performances from leads Eric Stoltz and Cher -- who won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival -- and a surprisingly compelling script from Anna Hamilton Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist). Bogdanovich sued Universal Pictures after they made alterations to his final cut: most notably, the songs of Bruce Springsteen were replaced by those of Bob Seger to cut costs. Bogdanovich failed to revitalize his career with the film's critical and popular success; his next film was the shockingly bad screwball comedy Illegally Yours. Cher, however, continued to prove herself a worthy actress, culminating in her Best Actress Academy Award in 1987 for Moonstruck.