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House of Cards (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 June 1993 (USA)
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A widow tries to find out why her daughter's strange behavior, a reaction to the death of her father, is progressively worsening.

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Michael Lessac

Writers:

Michael Lessac (story), Robert Jay Litz (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Turner ... Ruth Matthews
Tommy Lee Jones ... Jake Beerlander
Asha Menina ... Sally Matthews
Shiloh Strong ... Michael Matthews
Esther Rolle ... Adelle
Park Overall ... Lillian Huber
Michael Horse ... Stoker
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Judge
Joaquín Martínez ... Selord
Jacqueline Cassell Jacqueline Cassell ... Gloria Miller (as Jacqueline Cassel)
John Henderson John Henderson ... Bart Huber
Craig Fuller Craig Fuller ... Ray Huber
Rick Marshall Rick Marshall ... Frank Stearson
Reuben Valiquette Murray Reuben Valiquette Murray ... Reuben
Emily Russell Emily Russell ... Emily
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Storyline

When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an archaeological dig, her daughter Sally handles her father's death in a very odd manner. As Sally's condition worsens, Ruth takes her to see Jake, an expert in childhood autism. Jake attempts to bring Sally out of her mental disarray through traditional therapy methods, but Ruth takes a different route. She risks her own sanity by attempting to enter her daughter's mind and make sense of the seemingly bizarre things that Sally does, including building a wondrous house of cards. Written by Kathy Li

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Taglines:

A Journey That Will Open Your Mind... And Touch Your Heart.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for theme | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before I Wake See more »

Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$322,871
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Company Credits

Production Co:

A&M Films, Penta Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Horner's original score is based on his score for the film Where the River Runs Black (1986) also a film that involves a child in it's storyline. Intrada Records released a limited edition soundtrack which instantly sold out in a record amount of hours, such as their release of Michael Small's unused score for The China Syndrome (1979) had done previously. See more »

Goofs

Jacob's right hand when Sally is throwing the blocks against the mirrored window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines from off]
Sally Matthews: Why do people dream?
Selord: To see things better.
Sally Matthews: Where do people come from?
Selord: The gods made them.
Sally Matthews: Where do the gods live?
Selord: They live in every living thing.
Sally Matthews: Why did they make people?
Selord: They were bored. They needed people around to entertain them.
Sally Matthews: Why do the gods let people die?
[...]
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References TRON (1982) See more »

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Educational
5 June 1999 | by saffrinSee all my reviews

This film was educational about the problems that autistic children face. The part of the film that stays with me is when Tommy Lee Jones's character states that a lot of autistic children are misdiagnosed as crack babies or something else....even demonic possession. I work with autistic children and the repetition shown by the children in the movie is displayed. If you want to see a healthy environment for autustic children, this movie has it.


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