Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Mask Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This is the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a personable young man suffering from "lionitis," a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. The son of freewheeling biker Rusty Dennis (Cher), Rocky is accepted without question by his mom's boyfriends and cycle buddies, but treated with pity, condescension, and disgust by much of the outside world. The local high school principal tries to get Rocky classified as brain-damaged so he won't have to enroll the boy in his school, but Rusty fights for her son's rights with the ferocity of a mother lioness. Rocky makes friends easily both at school and at summer camp. He also falls in love with Diana (Laura Dern), a blind girl who cannot see his deformed countenance and is entranced by the boy's kindness and compassion. Now that he's got his own life in order, Rocky sets about to wean his chronically depressed mother from her drug habit. Laura Dern is the sort of story that might have ending up wallowing in its own pathos had the acting, direction and scriptwriting (by Anna Hamilton Phelan) been anything less than very good. The film proved a much-needed financial success for director Peter Bogdanovich, though unfortunately it didn't come soon enough to stave off his declaring personal bankruptcy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 8, 1985

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Zoltan Elek Best Makeup 1985 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Cher Best Actress 1985 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Westmore Best Makeup 1985 Winner

Cast

Cher
as Rusty Dennis
Sam Elliott
as Gar
Eric Stoltz
as Rocky Dennis
Estelle Getty
as Evelyn
Richard Dysart
as Abe
Laura Dern
as Diana
Micole Mercurio
as Babe
Harry Carey, Jr.
as Red
Dennis Burkley
as Dozer
Lawrence Monoson
as Ben
Jo-El Sonnier
as Sunshine
Louis Waldon
as Camp Cook
Ben Piazza
as Mr. Simms
Alexandra Powers
as Lisa
Kelly Minter
as Lorrie
Joe Unger
as Boy Friend
Todd Allen
as Canuck
Howard Hirdler
as Stickman
Cathy Arden
as Hospital Doctor
Anna Hamilton Phelan
as Puppy Lady
Wayne Grace
as Drug Dealer
Nick Cassavetes
as T.J.
Les Dudek
as Bone
Rebecca Sharkey
as Angel
Paige Matthews
as Stickman's Girl
Patricia Pelham
as Canuck's Girl
Gale Ricketts
as Sunshine's Girl
Stan Ross
as Drunken Biker
Scott Willardsen
as Jr. High Student
Marsha Warfield
as Home Room Teacher
Allison Roth
as Nancy Lawrence
Creed Bratton
as Carnival Ticket Taker
Rummel Mor
as Track Runner
Barry Tubb
as Deuey
Marilyn Hamilton
as Mr. Kaplan's Aide
Anna Thea
as Woman Counselor
Toni Sawyer
as Mrs. Adams
Lou Felder
as Mr. Adams
Chris Rydell
as Senior High STudent
Beth McKinley
as Senior High Student
Jill Whitlow
as Annie Marie
Mike Adams
as Biker
Jeff Jensen
as Biker
Jack Wright
as Biker
Steve James
as Hospital Intern
Andrew Robinson
as Dr. Vinton
Paige Matthews
as Stickman's Girl
Marsha Warfield
as Home Room Teacher
Jeff Jensen
as Biker
Les Dudek
as Bone
Patricia Pelham
as Canuck's Girl
Lou Felder
as Mr. Adams
Mike Adams
as Biker
Louis Waldon
as Camp Cook
Nick Cassavetes
as T.J.
Beth McKinley
as Senior High Student
Anna Hamilton Phelan
as Puppy Lady
Jill Whitlow
as Annie Marie
Toni Sawyer
as Mrs. Adams
Jo-El Sonnier
as Sunshine
Creed Bratton
as Carnival Ticket Taker
Cathy Arden
as Hospital Doctor
Scott Willardsen
as Jr. High Student
Marilyn Hamilton
as Mr. Kaplan's Aide
Stan Ross
as Drunken Biker
Chris Rydell
as Senior High STudent
Howard Hirdler
as Stickman
Rummel Mor
as Track Runner
Anna Thea
as Woman Counselor
Allison Roth
as Nancy Lawrence
Steve James
as Hospital Intern
Wayne Grace
as Drug Dealer
Jack Wright
as Biker
Kelly Minter
as Lorrie
Barry Tubb
as Deuey
Ben Piazza
as Mr. Simms
Gale Ricketts
as Sunshine's Girl
Rebecca Sharkey
as Angel
Joe Unger
as Boy Friend
Alexandra Powers
as Lisa
Todd Allen
as Canuck

Crew

Peter Bogdanovich
Director
Martin Starger
Producer
Anna Hamilton Phelan
Screenwriter
Peter Bogdanovich
Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs
Cinematographer
Eva Gardos
Editor
Barbara Ford
Editor
Norman Newberry
Production Designer
April Ferry
Costume Designer
Sandra Culotta
Costume Designer
Tom Cole
Makeup
Michael Westmore
Makeup
Zoltan Elek
Makeup
Advertisement