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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.

Director:

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

This film was completed in 1991 by A&M Films. The film then was shelved for two years until it was picked up by Miramax Films for release in 1993. See more »

Goofs

When Ruth Matthews is reading prime numbers out of a book to two children, one of the primes is 3041527. But 3041527 is not a prime. It is the product of 1741 and 1747. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Matthews: Everybody goes off into their own worlds sometimes; I do!
Jake Beerlander: Yes, of course we all do, but we come back.
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A thoughtful movie
17 July 2006 | by horseylipsSee all my reviews

"Tell me where is fancy* bred, Or in the heart or in the head? How begot, how nourished? Reply, reply. It is engender'd in the eyes, With gazing fed;...." --From The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

**Fancy: a noun. Etymology: Middle English fantasie, fantsy imagination, image, illusion (http://m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary)

Can Katherine Turner's character be so insensitive to her children's needs yet find the key to unravel her daughter's catatonia? She's a rational architect who easily delves into the spiritual world, disdaining the scientific and humanistic one of Tommy Lee Jones' character. Do mothers know more than doctors?

I found this movie enjoyable. I was able to suspend my disbelief at how obtuse the mother was, because the other characters rang true. I don't think the movie was trying to make a statement; I had the impression it was exploring a juxtaposition of science, spirit, instinct and art. Who better to create this than Michael Lessac? With his background in psychology and music, his credentials in a wide range of popular TV media support the theory that he understands people.


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