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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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Before I Wake  »

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James Horner's original score is based on his score for the film Where the River Runs Black (1986) also a film that involves a child in it's storyline. Intrada Records released a limited edition soundtrack which instantly sold out in a record amount of hours, such as their release of Michael Small's unused score for The China Syndrome (1979) had done previously. See more »

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When Ruth scans in the pictures of Sally's house of cards to the computer, the photos are black and white, but in the virtual reality model, they are color. See more »

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Ruth Matthews: Everybody goes off into their own worlds sometimes; I do!
Jake Beerlander: Yes, of course we all do, but we come back.
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A thoughtful movie
17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Tell me where is fancy* bred, Or in the heart or in the head? How begot, how nourished? Reply, reply. It is engender'd in the eyes, With gazing fed;...." --From The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

**Fancy: a noun. Etymology: Middle English fantasie, fantsy imagination, image, illusion (http://m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary)

Can Katherine Turner's character be so insensitive to her children's needs yet find the key to unravel her daughter's catatonia? She's a rational architect who easily delves into the spiritual world, disdaining the scientific and humanistic one of Tommy Lee Jones' character. Do mothers know more than doctors?

I found this movie enjoyable. I was able to suspend my disbelief at how obtuse the mother was, because the other characters rang true. I don't think the movie was trying to make a statement; I had the impression it was exploring a juxtaposition of science, spirit, instinct and art. Who better to create this than Michael Lessac? With his background in psychology and music, his credentials in a wide range of popular TV media support the theory that he understands people.


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