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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:
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Burt Shook
Michael at age 5
Lisa Davis ...
Karl Mackey ...
Milan Postevic
Zygmund Szarnicki ...
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Lee McConnell ...
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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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 by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Performed by Eurythmics
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
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Worth Your Time !
18 September 2002 | by (Lake Butler, Florida) – See all my reviews

If your looking for a comedy you will be disappointed, however if you want a well acted, poignant drama with some funny lines, than this is worth your time. Peter Falk and D. B. Sweeney, are brilliant together. A sleeper that the critics missed. A word of warning, it is very sad and human.

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