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Paper Mask (1990)

A lowly hospital orderly impersonates a recently deceased doctor and goes to work in the busy ER of a small hospital where he meets and befriends a nurse who slowly figures out his secret and helps him maintain his charade.

Writers:

John Collee (novel), John Collee (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McGann ... Matthew Harris
Amanda Donohoe ... Christine Taylor
Frederick Treves ... Dr. Mumford
Tom Wilkinson ... Dr. Thorn
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Celia Mumford
Jimmy Yuill ... Alec Moran
Mark Lewis Jones ... Dr. Lloyd
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Dr. Hammond
Alexandra Mathie Alexandra Mathie ... Beverley
Oliver Ford Davies ... Coroner
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Happy
Clive Rowe ... Ants
Robert Oates Robert Oates ... Head Porter
Karen Ascoe ... Alison
Dale Rapley Dale Rapley ... Dr. Simon Hennessey
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Storyline

With the papers of a young doctor who died in a deadly accident, the ambitious male nurse Matthew manages to get hired as a doctor in the casuality department of an hospital in Bristol. Nurse Christine believes it's only his nervousness, which makes him "forget" the most basic procedures. But even her help cannot prevent that his lack of qualification soon has deadly consequences... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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He wanted to be a doctor, she wanted to be his lover. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Matthew chuckles at the schoolboy who claims to have invented the quotation "The past is another country." This is actually a common misquotation of the opening line of L.P. Hartley's 1953 novel 'The Go-Between': "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." See more »

Quotes

Schoolboy: [discovers Matthew taking notes of Dr. Hennessey's class photos hanging in school hall] What are you doing?
Matthew Harris: I used to be a pupil here.
Schoolboy: I don't believe you. I could report you, you know!
Matthew Harris: I could probably break your neck.
Schoolboy: [pauses briefly] Yes, I expect you could. Why are you writing that down?
Matthew Harris: Old time's sake.
Schoolboy: The past is another country.
Matthew Harris: Who said that?
Schoolboy: I said it. I made it up, actually.
[Matthew smiles]
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Press Gang: UnXpected (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Blue Pills
By John Collee and Tam White
Performed by Tam White (uncredited)
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What an amazing film
29 April 2009 | by rkfstevensSee all my reviews

Went to see this movie by mistake when we just fancied a movie one night - turns out this is in my top 5 ever (although can't put it on FB because it isn't listed!!!). Gotta be the single most underrated movie of all time. Grips you, chills you, excites you and then spits you out - if you can sleep after this one then you don't care about a thing!! Paul McGann is almost accidentally brilliant, and it is so well put together. I haven't written anything here about any other movie, just Paper Mask. Goes to show that it's publicity and marketing that makes you or breaks you..... Anyway, if this is out on DVD (doubt it - it doesn't even have a Wikipedia listing - disgraceful!), then it's a no brainer. When I lived in the UK Channel 4 showed it a couple of times and so I probably have it on a VHS somewhere, but sadly don't have an active VHS recorder anymore!!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A papírmaszk See more »

Filming Locations:

Bristol, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,123, 1 December 1991

Gross USA:

$7,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,991
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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