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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ruth Matthews
... Jake Beerlander
... Sally Matthews
... Michael Matthews
... Adelle
... Lillian Huber
... Stoker
Anne Pitoniak ... Judge
... Selord
Jacqueline Cassell ... Gloria Miller (as Jacqueline Cassel)
John Henderson ... Bart Huber
Craig Fuller ... Ray Huber
Rick Marshall ... Frank Stearson
Reuben Valiquette Murray ... Reuben
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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A Journey That Will Open Your Mind... And Touch Your Heart.

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Before I Wake  »

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$322,871
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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 »

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

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Selord: [telling a story about special children] But they could only use this sight in their dreams where there are no words.
Sally Matthews: Why are there no words?
Selord: Because it is easier to see without words.
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References TRON (1982) See more »

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Spectacular yarn
18 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

I found the story engrossing and especially enjoyed how the characters put the pieces together as the movie progressed. I also thought parts of the soundtrack were excellent. There is one scene that has stayed with me years after I saw the flick.

This is not a documentary. One reason I rented the movie is my clinical experience with autistic children. If you are the kind of person who requires movies even tangentally reflect how it is in the real world then don't watch it. If you think Hollywood will educate the public about autism this movie will upset you.

This is a thinking person's movie.


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