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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    We watched the director's cut version today. Thanks, Aries, for recommending it. I prefer the Seger soundtrack but the restored scenes made the movie so much better.
    Yep, it's the best version of it!

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    Talk about luck, I walked into a dvd store the other day and found a new copy of the directors cut of Mask for $6.99!!!

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    luck would be the blu-ray for that price


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    Quote Originally Posted by Karma View Post
    Sam Elliott in 'Lifeguard' With Parker Stevenson and Kathleen Quinlan. Sam was IT for me, man.

    He's done a few westerns also. He was pretty good in "The Sacketts" with Tom Selleck.

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    Love it! That is a beautiful picture of Cher.
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    Rusty Dennis meeting actor Eric Stoltz during the Mask shoot:


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    Awww, great pic!! This was one of my favorite movies. I'd read some accounts of the "real" story. It sounds like they all had rather rough lives that ended tragically. I always felt like they loved each other fiercely.

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    One of my favorite movies, I still lose it at the end. They changed the soundtrack from Seger to Springsteen in the directors cut. Thanks for posting that pic, had never seen it before!
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    That was a great movie. Okay I'm really hormonal today and just thinking about the ending has me weepy!!
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    One of my favorite movies of all time. I always cry. Rusty had to be a very strong woman. I can relate to her. I had a child who had a cranio-facial disorder, and I was very very protective of him. She only wanted him to have a normal life. A mother's love knows no bounds or obstacles. May she and her son rest in and peace.

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    I watched Mask not too long ago and became a little obsessed about Rocky's story.

    He made the most out of the deck of cards he was dealt. That's for sure.
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    I would really like to see a book or DVD documentary released about the real Rocky Dennis. I am hoping it will happen one day. I'm surprised it hasn't been done already to be honest. There aren't nearly enough pictures of the real Rocky Dennis online IMO, but hopefully that will change one day. He must have been photographed numerous times by doctors and specialists over the course of his life. Those kind of photos would've almost certainly have been used for the making of the movie Mask. Eric Stoltz looked just like the real life person in that movie. The only difference was that the real Rocky Dennis' eyes were set further apart. Everything else was spot on.

    Check out my Rocky Dennis photo album for a rare magazine article and pictures from the 2008 Mask musical.

    http://www.findadeath.com/forum/album.php?albumid=1168
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    Am I the only person who thought this picture was from the movie Mask the first time they saw it?





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    What an amazing album!!! I loved seeing all the pics I'd never seen and those I'd seen previously. I just wonder how "Mask" was as a musical. Has anybody seen it?

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    wow thanks for this the movie always makes me cry
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    Thanks for the album Rocket. I had never seen some of these pictures before. I watched the movie today and of course - I CRIED, again.
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    Oh Wow - I am so glad this thread was bumped - I would have totally missed it...

    I can't believe that Rusty made it to 70 and was still riding bikes!! That poor lady had been to hell and back...
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    Love , love, loved the movie & the cast!

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    Yes..TY TY TY for the album. I hadnt seen most of those photos either, and reading the article in People was great. The movie has always been my favorite movie. I have the director's cut on dvd, But sadly I cant watch it much. I cry for hours after watching it, and can never watch when he dies. When Cher tells him to take care of his headache on his own, i stop the dvd, or change the channel if Im watching it. I saw it when it first came out in the theaters. I cried all the way home. This movie made me a huge fan of Chers too. She did a great job playing Rusty. Just talking about it im getting misty eyed. Other then the drugs, rusty did a great job raising him. She made him believe and know that just cause he was different physically, he wasnt any different mentally. His personality, and her way with him made him beautiful. And he lived his life the way he wanted without this holding him back. That to me, is definite strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketSwitch625UK View Post
    Am I the only person who thought this picture was from the movie Mask the first time they saw it?




    What great pictures!!! I really admire her strength, and her determination to give her son a normal life. He looks happy with his mom. Eric Stoltz did a great job protraying him in the movie. Every time I watch it, I cry at the end.

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    Rocky and Rusty were an awesome team. I truly believe that's why he lived longer than he was supposed to - Rusty was the perfect mother for him.
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    Here is what I could find about Rocky's older brother (6 years older), Joshua Mason from Find a Grave. He did die of AIDS, in a hospice. Both tragic deaths, damn shame. Now their Mama has joined them. This lady died at 70 years old from an infection as a result of a motorcycle crash. Riding a hog at 70, I would've loved to have met this lady, she sounds like one ballsy woman. Love strong women. I hope they're all at peace now, riding Harleys in heaven!!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by Mamma View Post
    Absolutely! This movie moves me to tears every time at the end!

    Try to hook up with a website that gives the true story of Rocky Dennis, and his family, as opposed to the artistic liberties in the film "Mask". I wish I would have kept it, but I saw a People magazine article way back in the 80's when the film was first released. If I'm not mistaken, Rocky had a brother, older or younger I am not sure? But I think he also died, reasons due to drug abuse and quite possibly AIDS as well. Several run-ins with the law as well. Don't quote me on it though ! I'll have to dig up some info before I can say for certain.

    On a personal note, "Gar" is absolutely HOT in this film, and I've never seen Cher look better than what she did in "Mask". Good thread!

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    ETA ~ SuckMyKiss, please do check out the film. You will not be disappointed. It pulls at your emotions, both the good and the bad.

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    Awesome! Mask is one of my favorite movies ever.
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    Oh, when Rusty walks to the map after Rocky's death and starts pushing those pins back in all the places of the world, I just lose it! Yep, he was free to go see the world now, and what a great movie moment. That it was real makes it even more compelling. I have to look for a copy of this movie, I haven't seen it in years.

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    I used to work in Glendora California in the 70's and was once at a restaurant Rocky Dennis came into. I don't know how old he was in the above picture, but it seems like his head was even bigger in proportion to his body than it appears there. I remember my first thought was, "Why is that kid wearing a phantom of the opera mask?" until i realized he wasn't. Then I thought "I'll never complain about being fat again."

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    I'm glad I found this thread. I saw the movie at the theater in '85. I never knew that there was a directors' cut and that Rusty had died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seagorath View Post
    OMG, that is so freakin' creepy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seagorath View Post
    Yah that's a tad creepy.

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    Okay, I watched the movie online again this morning. The ending is so emotional. Very powerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upset View Post
    Okay, I watched the movie online again this morning. The ending is so emotional. Very powerful.
    Have you seen the director's cut with the Springsteen music restored to the soundtrack? I honestly liked the soundtrack that went with the original theatrical release. I dunno why, but in the opening sequence, I felt the Segar song Katmandu went much better than what I saw in the director's cut with Springsteen (which I can't remember which song it was right now).
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    "Mask" is one of my favorite movies ever, but that doll is scary looking. Who would want that thing? It doesn't even look like Rocky.
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    Definitely prefer the Seger soundtrack. Hands down.
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    It looks like a Cabbage Patch Kid had some work done and things went seriously wrong....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seagorath View Post
    Looks like Kirsten Dunst:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimsonams View Post
    Have you seen the director's cut with the Springsteen music restored to the soundtrack? I honestly liked the soundtrack that went with the original theatrical release. I dunno why, but in the opening sequence, I felt the Segar song Katmandu went much better than what I saw in the director's cut with Springsteen (which I can't remember which song it was right now).
    No, I haven't seen the director's cut. But I agree the Seger music works really well. It's hard for me to imagine it without that soundtrack...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichabodius View Post
    Looks like Kirsten Dunst:
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    LMAO!
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    Seriously, if you folks haven't seen the director's cut...please do so...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=topAOLXTZ0c

    Also, Rocky was blessed in another way (outside of his smarts)...

    ...He was born into a biker gang that protected him all the time, and allowed him to go wherever he wanted without trouble. I've always liked that. R.I.P., buddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Upset View Post
    No, I haven't seen the director's cut. But I agree the Seger music works really well. It's hard for me to imagine it without that soundtrack...
    Rocky actually loved Bruce Springsteen - which is why it was used in the director's cut, but due to the record company (at the time), they refused to allow his music being used, so they went with Seger instead. Years later, it was said Bruce had no problem at all with his music being used in the movie and it was his record company's decision, not his.

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    I found an article about Rocky that was just written last year. It is a very good article and is commented on by people who knew Rocky in school and around the neighborhood he lived in.

    http://glendora.patch.com/groups/aro...ehind-the-mask
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    Thank you, Mammy...you deserve a 1974 Topps Steve Garvey for that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mammy View Post
    I found an article about Rocky that was just written last year. It is a very good article and is commented on by people who knew Rocky in school and around the neighborhood he lived in.

    http://glendora.patch.com/groups/aro...ehind-the-mask
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seagorath View Post
    Thank you, Mammy...you deserve a 1974 Topps Steve Garvey for that...
    You're welcome!
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    That is the BEST article on Rocky. This was my favorite quote...

    “It just felt like the world wasn’t going to be that great of a place without him,” said Silva. “He made a difference.”

    Rocky lives on, folks. He made an impression on many. How many people have a big Hollywood movie made about their life?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seagorath View Post
    That is the BEST article on Rocky. This was my favorite quote...

    “It just felt like the world wasn’t going to be that great of a place without him,” said Silva. “He made a difference.”

    Rocky lives on, folks. He made an impression on many. How many people have a big Hollywood movie made about their life?
    I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I thought it was very well done. I love that people commented who actually knew Rocky and what an impression he had made on teachers and classmates even before the movie was made about him. There are people who live eighty years longer than he did and didn't make such an impression on people. I also chuckled when the teacher said the movie was toned down compared to what Rocky's Mom was really like. She must have been quite a firecracker. She had to be tough for Rocky's sake.
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    I cry, and yes Seagorath cries...when Dozer speaks. Eric Stoltz (a super amazing actor) really nailed that scene. It's probably my favorite movie of the 1980s and that's saying a lot. I'm a picky bastard when it comes to mainstream cinema.

    Stand By Me, Mask, Goonies...probably a tie. Throw in Gremlins, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mammy View Post
    I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I thought it was very well done. I love that people commented who actually knew Rocky and what an impression he had made on teachers and classmates even before the movie was made about him. There are people who live eighty years longer than he did and didn't make such an impression on people. I also chuckled when the teacher said the movie was toned down compared to what Rocky's Mom was really like. She must have been quite a firecracker. She had to be tough for Rocky's sake.
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    Dr. Wigglesworth Hijacks Andy Griffith Broadcast via WPXC in Jacksonville, Florida --->
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    Best movie trailer ever...

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    Dr. Wigglesworth Hijacks Andy Griffith Broadcast via WPXC in Jacksonville, Florida --->
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    Dr. Wigglesworth Hijacks Andy Griffith Broadcast via WPXC in Jacksonville, Florida --->
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9W4v7vNfFI&list=UU0Lga9ep13H65gs7nmwLdCQ

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    Mammy,

    That was an awesome article! However, the comments really were the best. The one from the guy who said he walked into my classroom, which was the right one? Man, I almost cried.

    Great info, thanks Mammy
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