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The Mask Details


Hyperactive mayhem results when a mild-manned banker discovers an ancient mask that transforms him into a zany prankster with superhuman powers in this special-effects-intensive comedy. The wildly improvisational Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a decent-hearted but socially awkward guy who one night finds a strange mask. Carrey's trademark energy reveals itself after Stanley puts on the mask and the banker transforms into The Mask, a green-skinned, zoot-suited fireball. The rubber-faced Mask possesses the courage to do the wild, fun things that Stanley fears, including romancing Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz). In addition to Carrey's physical talents, the film makes effective use of digital visual effects that bestow the Mask with superhuman speed, insane flexibility, and popping eyes out of a Tex Avery cartoon. The larger narrative, involving the efforts of Tina's gangster boyfriend to destroy Stanley and use the mask's powers for evil, prove less interesting than the anarchic comic set pieces, including a particularly memorable dance number to "Cuban Pete." The film delivered enough laughs to become a surprise hit and, along with the same year's Tex Avery, establish Carrey's status as a comedy superstar. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:July 29, 1994


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jon Farhat Best Visual Effects 1994 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott Squires Best Visual Effects 1994 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Bertino Best Visual Effects 1994 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jim Carrey Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1994 Nominee


Jim Carrey
as The Mask/Stanley Ipkiss
Cameron Diaz
as Tina Carlyle
Peter Riegert
as Lt. Mitch Kellaway
Peter Greene
as Dorian Tyrel
Amy Yasbeck
as Peggy Brandt
Richard Jeni
as Charlie Schumacher
Orestes Matacena
as Niko
Nancy Fish
as Mrs. Peenman
Johnny Williams
as Burt
as Milo
Ivory Ocean
as Mayor Tilton
Ben Stein
as Dr. Neuman
Nils Allen Stewart
as Orlando
Jeremy Roberts
as Bobby the Bouncer
Christopher Darga
as Paramedic #3
Robert O'Reilly
as The Figure
Reg E. Cathey
as Freeze
Blake Clark
as Murray
Denis Forest
as Sweet Eddy
Jim Doughan
as Doyle
Joely Fisher
as Maggie


Chuck Russell
Mark Verheiden
Screen Story
Mike Werb
John R. Leonetti
Bonnie Greenberg
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Hopkins Mcnabb
Musical Direction/Supervision
Randy Edelman
Composer (Music Score)
Arthur Coburn
Craig Stearns
Production Designer
Randy Moore
Art Director
Carla Fry
Associate Producer
Mike Richardson
Executive Producer
Michael De Luca
Executive Producer
Chuck Russell
Executive Producer
Ellen Totleben
Set Designer
Ha Nguyen
Costume Designer
Ken Ralston
Special Effects
Denis L. Stewart
First Assistant Director
Fern Champion
Mark Paladini
Tom Bertino
Visual Effects
Scott Squires
Visual Effects
Jon Farhat
Visual Effects