Rocky dealt with teasing, but used his humor and intelligence to win friends. Rocky was the best son in the world. He was a top scholar. He tutored kids at school. He helped break his mom from her drug habit. He wrote award-winning poetry. He worked at a summer camp for blind children. He was a great friend and amazing boyfriend to Diana (Laura Dern).
The movie takes a sad turn when Rocky suffers from extreme headaches one night and passes in his sleep. There was something about the movie Mask that most '80s kids will always remember. Maybe it was the shock of seeing a fellow teen suffering from such a freakish disease? Maybe it was the reality factor of knowing Mask was based upon a true story?
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I love this movie. It's so honest and touching and the acting is fantastic. Rocky and his mom lived in the next city over from where I grew up in California, and my dad remembers seeing him around town when he was a teenager, which I always thought was pretty cool. Rocky Dennis's story is truly inspirational. Thanks for writing this post!
I didn't see it, but trivia for you: Eric Stoltz and Cher hooked up for awhile after meeting on the set!
I watched this movie so many times as a kid. It was sad, but totally inspirational!
This is a really touching story. I'm going to go watch this movie. Thanks for sharing.
I loved that movie. Stoltz was great in so many films. I wonder what he's up to these days!
This movie used to scare the crap out of me. For some reason, Rocky's face reminded me of Apple Jacks cereal, which then caused me to not be able to enjoy Apple Jacks for a time.
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