American Playhouse: Season 5, Episode 2

The Roommate (27 Jan. 1986)

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Set in 1952, this tells of two young men who are polar opposites being assigned to the same dorm room at Northwestern University.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Ziegler
Elmer Two Crow ...
Lester Spotted Elk
Melissa Ford ...
Laurie McEathron ...
Couples at Drive-in
Couples at Drive-in
Tracy Griffith ...
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Couples at Drive-in
Mrs. Ziegler
Elaine Wilkes ...
David Bachman ...
Corky Silverstein
Elliot Banen ...
Paul Koshland
Tom Greene ...
Charles Carter
Orbert Davis ...
Jonathan Young
Greg Dawson
Calvin Fitch


Set in 1952, this tells of two young men who are polar opposites being assigned to the same dorm room at Northwestern University.

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Comedy | Drama





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My brief review of the film
15 April 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Despite having the distinct cheap feel of made-for-television productions, this is a fairly well made film, with characters who feel real and who are actually interested in their studies, unlike in so many other college comedy-dramas. The supporting characters are a touch underdeveloped, but the main characters are very well worked on, and Barry Miller gives off a really solid performance as the somewhat eccentric roommate. The film is not amazing in any way, and other than Miller's performance there is nothing worth shouting about. But, it is pleasant enough to watch, and better than a lot of the trash that Hollywood brought out during the 1980s.

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