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House of Cards (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 June 1993 (USA)
When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an archaeological dig, her daughter Sally handles her father's death in a very odd manner. As Sally's condition worsens, Ruth takes her ... See full summary »

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Ruth Matthews
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Jake Beerlander
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Sally Matthews
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Michael Matthews
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Adelle
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Lillian Huber
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Stoker
Anne Pitoniak ...
Judge
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Selord
Jacqueline Cassell ...
Gloria Miller (as Jacqueline Cassel)
John Henderson ...
Bart Huber
Craig Fuller ...
Ray Huber
Rick Marshall ...
Frank Stearson
Reuben Valiquette Murray ...
Reuben
Emily Russell ...
Emily
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When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an archaeological dig, her daughter Sally handles her father's death in a very odd manner. As Sally's condition worsens, Ruth takes her to see Jake, an expert in childhood autism. Jake attempts to bring Sally out of her mental disarray through traditional therapy methods, but Ruth takes a different route. She risks her own sanity by attempting to enter her daughter's mind and make sense of the seemingly bizarre things that Sally does, including building a wondrous house of cards. Written by Kathy Li

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A Journey That Will Open Your Mind... And Touch Your Heart.

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Rated PG-13 for theme | See all certifications »
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Before I Wake  »

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$322,871 (USA)
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This film was completed in 1991 by A&M Films. The film then was shelved for two years until it was picked up by Miramax Films for release in 1993. See more »

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When Sally approaches the tower, she is shown standing still, yet a long shot shows her walking. See more »

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Selord: [telling a story about special children] But they could only use this sight in their dreams where there are no words.
Sally Matthews: Why are there no words?
Selord: Because it is easier to see without words.
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References TRON (1982) See more »

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A good-hearted movie that takes you beyond dreams.....
15 January 2003 | by (phoenixville,pennsylvania,USA) – See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie. It is so different than any other movie I've seen (and I've seen plenty!). People who commented on this movie say that its not reality-that they didn't go into certain aspects of the "problems" at hand in the movie...well, that's what movies are all about. They take you to a different dimension that's not of this world. And this movie deals with taking us to a different world of a child going into a different world. And that, everyone, is what it's all about. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who doesn't want to see the same storyline used in 90% of all movies today, with a touch of dreamscape, and a whole lot of heart. Tommy Lee Jones is perfect as usual, as well as Kathleen Turner. WATCH IT!


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