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 ...
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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?


Peter Falk's makeup took four hours per day to apply and remove. See more »


Rocky Holzcek: Family takes care of Family!
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Written by Jimmy Cliff
Performed by UB40
Courtesy of A & M Records, Inc./Virgin Records
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A pleasure to watch a real pro in action!
4 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is all about Peter Falk, and what he's capable of when released from his Columbo role. Not that I have anything against Columbo -- it's one of the all-time great cop characters, along with Sgt. Friday and Sipowicz -- but in a police procedural we're mainly interested in what happens next, and any good director keeps that in mind. Here Falk gets to display the breadth and depth of his powers, and keeps us enthralled from the first scene to the last. He was "only" 68 when this film was released, but is convincingly aged during its course from something like 60 up to 107 (yes, really), which is a tribute not only to him but to the formidable makeup department (IMDb lists nine makeup credits). And just because grandfather is such an overpowering character, we shouldn't ignore the fine performances by D.B. Sweeney as his physician-grandson and Julianne Moore as the young social worker. In all, this is a moving story, well made and superbly acted. If you haven't seen it, do.

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