Behind the Mask: Edited

DVD Release: November 1, 2011
Behind the Mask: Edited


Based on the real-life experiences of Dr. Robert Shushan and James Jones, Behind the Mask depicts the unlikely bond that is formed when two dissimilar men find that they can help each other in unexpected but much-needed ways. Co-written by Shushan and Jones, the story begins when Shushan (played by Donald Sutherland) suffers a sudden heart attack at his clinic, and Jones (Matthew Fox), a disturbed young patient, is there to save his life.

Dove Review

“Behind the Mask” is a powerful portrayal of the bond that develops between Dr. Shushan, Director of the Development Activities Center, and an employee, James Jones, who himself has issues coping with the world. James wants desperately to be a part of a family and to find his own father. As the mentoring begins, Dr. Shushan discovers things about his own problematic relationship with his son that eventually leads him to reconciliation.

While the actions and mannerisms that James exhibits are difficult to watch at times, they are profoundly moving. His simple but fervent faith helps him to grow and change his behavior in positive ways. The viewer should note that this is an edited version and some of the scenes contain partial vulgar phrases but the profanity has all been silenced or removed. We are pleased to award this gripping drama our Dove “Family-Edited” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband jokes to his wife "maybe we should make love" after his heart attack.
Language: All uses of God, Jesus and Lord in reverence; there were several scenes where language has been noticeably removed from the film.
Violence: Man has heart attack and crashes his car into a loading dock; a man yells frequently.
Drugs: News report talking about 12,000 kilos of cocaine; wine with dinner in one scene.
Nudity: None
Other: A developmentally challenged man struggles to cope with his difficulties; a man's simple faith in God and Jesus is strongly and favorably shown throughout the film.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 94 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe