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The Mask - 1994 | Story and Screenshots


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Dorian's has had enough of the Mask's routine and orders Orlando to kill him. Orlando starts blasting. BLAM. BLAM. The Mask dodges the bullets by contorting his cartoon-flexible body. BLAM. The Mask spins and stops dressed as a matador, the bullet whizzes under his cape. BLAM BLAM. He spins again, now he's a Russian Dancer leaping over the shots.


Another spin, now he's dressed as Elvis, rocking his hip to miss the bullets. Another spin, now a Cowboy. DING! The Cowboy/Mask takes the hit.


The Mask staggers forward in a classic Western death scene. He throws an arm around Orlando.


The Mask goes into a melodramatic death scene, impersonating old movie voices. Orlando seems touched by the Mask's dying words as he holds him in his arms.


The Mask continues with his over the top death finale, coughing and gasping. He coughs in Orlando's face, pardons himself, and finally dies in Orlando's arms. Orlando bursts into tears.


Suddenly a cartoon audience pops up silhouetted in the foreground, applauding wildly. An off-camera arm shoots into frame handing the Mask an Oscar. The Mask leaps to his feet and starts taking bows. The Mask gives a teary thank you speech. Dorian pulls out his own .45, a beat, and then the Mask zips off as Orlando and Dorian blast away. The Mask starts hooting laughter and ricochets off the dance floor.


Suddenly Kellaway and a squad of police burst into the room with their guns drawn. Kellaway orders Dorian to drop it, Dorian lets his .45 clatter to the ground. The two seem familiar with each other. Dorian asks if he has a warrant this time. Kellaway replies he has probable cause. A couple of his boys were spotted knocking over Edge City Bank.

One of the detectives, Doyle (Jim Doughan), begins to roughly frisk Dorian. Kellaway continues that one of them was wearing a big green mask. Dorian insists that was not one of his men. Dorian bust his chops about how he should try a little actual police work. Kellaway orders him to be cuffed. One of the officers now appears on the stairway announcing they found a stiff upstairs, one of the guys from the heist.

Kellaway advises Dorian he better call his high-priced lawyer. As the police drag Dorian outside, Kellaway notices something on the dance floor. Kellaway picks up the slice of pajama fabric that was once the Mask's tie and inspects it closely... It's the same fabric Kellaway saw Stanley wearing that morning. Kellaway, "Ipkiss!" Kellaway slips the pajamas fabric in his pocket.


Stanley's apartment, dawn: There's a banging on the door. Stanley wakes up groggy and dazed. The Mask, which lies on the pillow next to him is taking a greater and greater toll. Outside the door, Kellaway is demanding he opens the door. Stanley runs to the closet to hide the Mask. The instant he opens the door, an avalanche of cash pours out. Stanley grabs the Frisbee and starts shoveling the money back into the closet. Milo thinks he want to play and clamps onto the frisbee.


Now Stanley is trying to shove money back in the closet and wrestling Milo for the frisbee at the same time. Kellaway continues banging on the door. Stanley calls to Kellaway to give him a minute and gives the pile of cash one more shove. Stanley opens the door, an easy smile on his face and greets Kellaway. Kellaway steps into the apartment, without waiting for an invitation. Stanley glances nervously back at the closet. Milo is scratching at the door. He wants to know where Stanley was last night. He claims he was in his apartment.

Kellaway asks him about the Mask character, Stanley plays dumb. Kellaway explains the sightings, the bank connections, and the nightclub incident, then shows him the torn piece of fabric matching Stanley's other pajamas. Stanley wilts. Milo yaps and leaps up, trying to open the closet door, Stanley shouts at him, no. Kellaway insists on seeing his other pajamas. Stanley claims they were stolen. Kellaway is in disbelief. Milo is at the closet door now hanging on to the doorknob with his teeth trying to open it. Stanley quickly snatches him up and tries to stick with his flimsy story.


Detective's office: A video monitor shows a replay of the bank robbery, from the bank's grainy videocams. A blurred image of the Mask is visible as he zig-zags around the bank at high speed. WIDER Kellaway sips a cup of brackish coffee as Doyle freeze-frames the best image of the Mask. There's a wild-eyed look of glee on his face as he stuffs sacks full of money.

Doyle finds it hard to believe it's a rubber mask. Doyle reports that they got fingerprints on some of the currency, but nothing matches Tyrel's men. He orders Doyle to get the bank's employee files and run down the prints on a guy named Ipkiss. Doyle catches on that Kellaway thinks it might be an inside job?.


Dorian's office: Dorian's assembled a war council. At the table are Sweet Eddy and assorted Button Men from the city's underworld. An open attache case filled with stacks of money sits before Dorian, a fifty thousand dollar reward to the man who finds this "Mask" character before the cops do. He orders them to get the word out to every street hustler and low life in this town. He wants him in his office tomorrow, alive.


Everybody scrambles out of their seats. Tina sits nearby, reading a magazine. She glances up at Dorian. She remarks he's losing it. He argues back, basically implying she is extra baggage he doesn't need. When he points out she didn't put up much of fight when the Mask kissed her, she replies she didn't have a choice. He threatens that there will be payback for anyone who crosses him.

Edge City Bank: The place is in general disarray but still functioning, and it's full of cops. Stanley makes his way to his desk, his face pale and unshaven. Dark circles ring his eyes. Immediately, Dickey starts ripping into Stanley being so late and while the bank is in a crisis. Stanley explodes, pointing his finger in Dickey's face and shouting. Stanley tells him to back off or threatens to tell his father about how he runs this branch like it's his own piggy bank, along with a threat regarding the I.R.S.


Dickey is absolutely shocked into silence by this outburst, then replies that will be all, turns on his heels and exits. Charlie Schumacher now appears glowing with new respect for Stanley. Charlie commends him and wonders whats up. Stanley explains he hasn't been himself lately. Charlie tells him he's not looking too good, but to cheer him up, he produces two tickets to the charity ball, a hot event, and wants Stanley to come along.


Stanley suddenly spots Tina making her way across the room and approaches Stanley. When he asks what she is doing there, she goes on about how she is there to see him and she may not be able to account. He pulls her off to a more private area and suggests she wasn't really there just to see him.


With little prodding, she opens up about her curiosity with the guy who robbed the bank, who was also at the club, The Mask. Clearly she is intrigued with him, and the way he dances. Just as she is about to leave, Stanley then claims he knows the guy, they're old college buddies.


He starts bragging that he taught the guy some dance moves. Tina asks if he could arrange a meeting with her and the Mask tonight. He agrees, they settle on a time at Landfill Park. She gives him a peck on the cheek and calls him a 'nice guy,' then leaves.


Psychiatrist's office: Masks . . . dozens of them line one wall. Tribal masks. Victorian masks. Ceramic masks. Masks from all countries and cultures.


Stanley sits on a plush sofa while Dr. Neuman sits nearby toying with the old wood mask. He comments that the mask is extremely unusual. To him, it looks like fourth or fifth century Scandinavian.


It looks like a representation of Loki, the Norse God of Mischief. He supposedly caused so much trouble that Odin banished him from Valhalla forever.


Stanley has told the doctor about his meeting with Tina tonight and he's not sure what to do. Stanley believes the Mask actually changes you into a different person. Neuman insists it is just an obsessional delusion.


Aiming to prove he's right, Stanley says he will put on the mask, but he won't be responsible for the consequences. Neuman is unimpressed and tells him to go ahead. Stanley takes a deep breath and shoves the mask onto his face. He starts spinning around. Nothing happens. Stanley just stands there like an idiot.



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