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Behind the Mask
Behind the Mask
Actors: Donald Sutherland, Matthew Fox, Mary McDonnell, Bradley Whitford, Sheila Larken
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Genres: Drama, Television
UR     2007     1hr 34min

Studio: Gaiam Americas Release Date: 01/09/2007

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Actors: Donald Sutherland, Matthew Fox, Mary McDonnell, Bradley Whitford, Sheila Larken
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Television
Studio: Gaiam
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/09/2007
Original Release Date: 02/28/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 02/28/1999
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Beth P. (dvdswapee)
Reviewed on 1/2/2015...
My husband and I both enjoyed this movie very much. Young fathers, please watch it.
Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 6/17/2014...
I was so touched by this movie. I grew to love Matthew Fox from the Lost series. He has such a touching role in this and Donald Sutherland couldn't have been better. I felt sorry for him as he doesn't know how to be a anything but a work alcoholic. Such a tender loving movie about mentally challenged. Donald runs a shelter for mentally challenged people and he learns how to love and be someone. Wonderfully made and it is a true story.

1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 5/23/2010...
I don't even remember how I heard about this movie, but I'm glad I did. The acting is terrific and the story is tender and, best of all, TRUE.

Dr. Shushan is nearing the end of his career and feels that most of his life has been wasted. He is estranged from his son and is about to be fired. Then he befriends James Jones, a janitor who works at the center for the developmentally disabled. Their relationship gives new life and new hope to both of them. Great movie!
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Debi M. (debi) from BRODHEAD, KY
Reviewed on 4/16/2009...
A great movie showing that we should give those mentally challenged individuals a chance to grow emotionally, spiritually an physically. Let them grow mentally-- they can surprise you and become a credit to society if we give them a chance.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

True Story -Good Family Relationship Movie
K. Faasse | Minnesota, MN USA | 03/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bring out the tissue box for you will need it in the end. It is a true story about a man [played by Donald Sutherland] who spent his whole life caught up in his work, neglected his relationship with his wife and forgot to be a father to his son. One day he has a rude awakening and the journey begins as he tries to regain what he lost by helping a mentally challeged Christian man in his employ find his lost father. Good movie on how God works behind the scenes in our lives without even knowing it. It keeps you wondering how it will turn out in the end."
A Hidden Gem
J. Davis | Manchester | 01/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Splendid film! It radiates compassion and goodwill. The sheer acting abilities of the cast held my attention and lift this Canadian-produced film from the good to the top-notch.

Donald Sutherland portrays Dr. Robert Shushan, the director of an institute which employs the mentally handicapped in fulfilling orders to commercial sellers (packing boxes, assembling). Somewhere along the way he's left his hands-on idealism behind and become enmeshed in red-tape and bureacracy, neglecting his wife and son in the process. A crisis with his health and a fortuitous meeting with the interesting and eccentric James Jones sets him back on track.

This is a true story; the screenplay was written by the real Shushan and Jones. It's moving and worth watching more than once."
Janet F. Trujillo | Modesto, CA | 02/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The movie was very good with Sutherland and Fox doing excellent work. Fox was a new name to me as I had not heard of him before Lost. Sutherland is always good. The storyline was not what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised."