House of D (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 April 2005 (USA)
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By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lady / Bernadette
Magali Amadei ...
Coralie Warshaw
Bernie Sheredy ...
Sasha (as Bernard Sheredy)
Ticket Seller
Mrs. Brevoort
Harold Cartier ...
Odell Warshaw
Mr. Pappass


On their son Odell's 13the birthday, graphic artist Tom Warszaw finally confesses to his wife why he fled Greenwich Village, NYC at that age to Paris. As a schoolboy, naturally sensitive, considerate Tommy was best buddy with 'adult' half-wit Pappass, father Duncan's Catholic school's assistant janitor. Smothered by his dependent mother, a dumb orderly, Tommy got 'parental advice' from a women's prison inmate. Together with Pappas, he saves up tips from their butchery delivery rounds. One night, Pappas steals the bike they were saving for. Tommy tries to take the blame, but ends up expelled as if the instigator. Even more tragic consequences follow. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You never know who your angel's gonna be. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual and drug references, thematic elements and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Can dostlar  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,371 (USA) (15 April 2005)


$371,081 (USA) (6 May 2005)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film writing/directing debut of David Duchovny, who claims to have written the screenplay in six days. See more »


As Tom and Pappas are in the cab crossing the bridge, a crewmember can be seen in the car immediately behind them waving to the other drivers to begin passing as the take begins. See more »


Mr. Pappass: You know why your mother died, son? She killed herself because she had a retarded son, isn't that right?
Tommy Warshaw: She got hit by a car.
Mr. Pappass: She walked in front of a car because she had a retarded son.
Tommy Warshaw: She was drunk.
Mr. Pappass: She was drunk because her son's retarded.
Tommy Warshaw: She was drunk because she was married to you, you loser.
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References Taxi (1978) See more »


Hold Your Head Up
Written by Rod Argent, Chris White
Performed by Argent
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A well-told, heartfelt story
28 April 2005 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to happen upon two free tickets to a sneak preview here in La Jolla. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. The audience I was a part of was audibly drawn into the film. The plot is completely character-driven, revolving around a very honest 13-year-old. The honesty of this character--a unique portrayal of any boy this age--was portrayed sincerely, and as such the film read as very heartfelt. The sincerity is most profoundly seen in his relationship with a developmentally disabled adult, Pappass (Robin Williams), purely for the sake of companionship and not out of sympathy or having been forced into the friendship. In a time when the phrase "that's so retarded" is so ubiquitously used as a put-down, it was refreshing to see a character created who is not at all fazed by the stigma of befriending someone who is disabled or 30 years older than himself (let alone both). Each character seemed to be written with such empathy that you could be drawn into any one of their stories, if the movie so followed those stories. To those who call this film trite, I argue that this heartfelt empathy makes it unique among mainstream films whose screenplays contain characters so generalized that the actors must create any depth for their characters.

All in all, I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend it to my friends. And to those looking for an excuse to dismiss my 9/10 vote, no I am not a David Duchovny fan. I hardly even saw 3 episodes of the X-Files. I just liked the film. :-)

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