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: Reason and Family got nothin' to do with each other!
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Written by Ken Sheppard, Joe Patino, Jay Patino, Jeff Williamson and Steve Williamson
Performed by Twenty Mondays
Courtesy of Spindletop Records
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Personally, I loved it.
4 December 2004 | by (Folsom) – See all my reviews

I am not much of a sappy movie kind of guy, but I for one LOVED this film. Peter Faulk performs splendidly. Although slow in a few parts, the storyline more than makes up for it as it shows the trials and tribulations of family separated and joined together by generational gaps. Julian Moore give a great performance and looks absolutely beautiful in this film, even though her character is not as in depth as the main characters. And DB Sweeny shows that he can have a softer side, as well as a wise cracking smooth talking side. It was a little bit of a stretch from what he is normally known for doing, but he pulled it off very well. Roommates is definitely going into my collection. I give this one 8/10. Bravo guys.

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