Roommates (1995)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 March 1995 (USA)
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An elderly yet young-at-heart man moves in with his grandson, and both their lives turn upside-down.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bolek Krupa
Joyce Reehling ...
Burt Shook
Michael at age 5
Lisa Davis ...
Rohn Thomas ...
Karl Mackey ...
Milan Postevic
Zygmund Szarnicki ...
Funeral Priest (as Reverend Zygmund Szarnicki)
Bully At Baseball Game (as Chance Marquez)
David Cutter ...
Peanut Vendor


Michael Holeczak has a most unusual roommate, his grandfather, Rocky. Now Rocky's a bit strange but loves Michael and only has his best interest. Michael would live with Rocky after his parents died. Michael would grow up go to school, become a doctor, Rocky would live alone abut when Rocky's about to be thrown out and placed in a retirement home, he refuses. Michael then takes him in. They would stay together even when Michael got married and had a family. And Rocky would always be there for Michael and Michael for him. Written by

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Some people talk. Some people listen. When you're 107 and going strong, you do whatever you want.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aprendiendo a vivir  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


$12,100,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was developed by Alan Parker, who wanted John Cusack to play the lead role. See more »


Rocky Holzcek: Reason and Family got nothin' to do with each other!
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Written and Performed by Kenneth
Morphinomania Music ASCAP
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topnotch drama about the strength of family
29 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

I must put in a word of defense for this excellent movie, which was sadly underrated by both critics and audiences. The true story - of a Polish baker in Pittsburgh who raised his orphaned grandson at the age of 70+ and put him through medical school - sounds like a formula for sentimentality and cliches. However, the movie transcends that to become a moving story of the strength of family, with many wonderful touches of humor. Peter Falk's portrayal of the irascible, curmudgeonly, and indomitable Rocky Holzcek dominates the movie. We are made to care about all the people portrayed. I don't understand the criticism about the movie "not having a story" to tie it together. The changing relationship of Rocky and his family as the years go by has plenty of elements of drama. This movie touched me deeply. It's a real sleeper.

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