6.2/10
2,178
33 user 15 critic

House of Cards (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 June 1993 (USA)
Trailer
2:47 | Trailer
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and after a general election where the conservatives are returned ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Leschenhaut and Morillon are trying to organize a plot to overthrow the French government and set up a new fascist organization. Their plans are interrupted by Davis, an American boxer, ... See full summary »

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: George Peppard, Inger Stevens, Orson Welles
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Hiep Thi Le, Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A wise-cracking husband and wife team of ex-Spies arrive in New Orleans on maternity leave with their baby girl. There they are hassled by muggers, the police and their FBI boss, who wants ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Fiona Shaw
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

An elite firm of assassins must face their own mortality as they are hunted down one by one by a mysterious assailant. Caught up in the drama is a disgraced journalist who is more connected to the assassins' world than he could ever know.

Director: Ian Chinsee
Stars: Benjamin Alldridge, Daniel Cason, Ian Chinsee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Danny Glover, Matt Dillon, Rick Aviles
Jack the Bear (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Danny De Vito is a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys. Loving, but useless at the daily job of fathering, the onus falls on... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Herskovitz
Stars: Danny DeVito, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Miko Hughes
Blue Sky (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jessica Lange stars in a period drama about a family moving to a military base, and she quickly becomes part of a cover-up involving nuclear bomb tests.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a "mom and pop" company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's daughter, who is a lawyer, to try and protect the ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Miller
True Colors (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two scientists who are hopeless with the opposite sex invent a substance that makes them irresistible to anyone they speak to.

Director: Dale Launer
Stars: Tate Donovan, Sandra Bullock, Mary Mara
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ruth Matthews
...
Jake Beerlander
Asha Menina ...
Sally Matthews
...
Michael Matthews
...
Adelle
...
Lillian Huber
...
Stoker
Anne Pitoniak ...
Judge
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for theme | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Before I Wake  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$322,871 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jake Beerlander: [as he taps on Sally's shoulder] Hey, what's your name?
Sally Matthews: Sally, what's yours?
Jake Beerlander: Jake.
Sally Matthews: [Pointing at Jake's shirt] Dirty shirt, Jake...
See more »

Connections

References TRON (1982) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Brilliant story!
24 November 1999 | by (Eugene, OR) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I've seen and I'm shocked at the ratings it has received. I found it hidden in the back room at the video store because so few customers were checking it out. I agree that Tommy Lee Jones has been better in other movies but the story is excellent and the portrayal of the story is very well done. Please don't let the ratings keep you from deciding for yourself!


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
parents of autistic children ltldog2
Too Sensitive to watch a simple movie elegiegal
The railroad tracks scene littledutch88
music from the film wolfinspirit
Discuss House of Cards (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?