The made-for-TV Behind the Mask is the true story of Dr. Bob Shushan, a workaholic who disdains any sort of private life--and neglects his family in the process--the better to help his patients at the British Columbian Centre for the Mentally and Physically Disabled. When Shushan suffers a heart attack, his life is saved by the Centre's mentally handicapped janitor, James Jones (Matthew Fox)--and in the ensuing weeks, doctor and patient become closer than any father and son could ever be. Partly out of gratitude, Shushan makes it his mission to locate James' long-estranged biological father. And as a result of his relationship with James Jones, Shushan finally realizes how he has long short-changed his own family, especially his son Brian (Bradley Whitford), whom Shushan has unfairly written off as a failure. The real James Jones makes an appearance at the end of Behind the Mask, which first aired February 28, 1999 on CBS. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Behind the Mask wasn't what I expected; it was better than I expected. It was nice to see such a touching movie based on a true story. Nice to watch a movie that was clean (language, etc.) and realistic. Good acting and a story that makes you think of your blessings and of how you spend your life. I loved it and would recommend it highly.
If I'd known the plot line involved so much around people with disabilities, I might not have rented it.
But..big BUT, I'm glad I did. The movie had its light moments and Donald Sutherland carried the
story well. He just gets better and better with age!
I really enjoyed this movie. It wasn't anything that I was expecting, but I did enjoy it. However, I can see where it may not be everyone's movie. Its the the kind of movie you would probably enjoy more if you are able to relate to it. It really touched my heart, especially knowing that it was based on a true story.