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Roommates (1995)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 3 March 1995 (USA)
An elderly yet young-at-heart man moves in with his grandson and both their lives turn upside-down.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Max Apple (short story), Max Apple (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Rocky
D.B. Sweeney ... Michael
Julianne Moore ... Beth
Ellen Burstyn ... Judith
Jan Rubes ... Bolek Krupa
Joyce Reehling Joyce Reehling ... Barbara
Ernie Sabella ... Stash
John Cunningham ... Burt Shook
Noah Fleiss ... Michael (Age 5)
Lisa Davis Lisa Davis ... Betty
Rohn Thomas ... Kevin
Karl Mackey Karl Mackey ... Milan Postevic
Zygmund Szarnicki Zygmund Szarnicki ... Funeral Priest (as Reverend Zygmund Szarnicki)
Lee Alan McConnell ... Bully at Baseball Game (as Chance Marquez)
David Cutter David Cutter ... Peanut Vendor
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Storyline

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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Some people talk. Some people listen. When you're 107 and going strong, you do whatever you want.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprendiendo a vivir See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,038,033, 5 March 1995

Gross USA:

$12,096,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,096,881
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was developed by Alan Parker, who wanted John Cusack to play the lead role. See more »

Quotes

[last words]
Rocky Holzcek: Michael, I've always been proud of you.
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Soundtracks

Many Rivers to Cross
Written by Jimmy Cliff
Performed by UB40
Courtesy of A & M Records, Inc./Virgin Records
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I thought it was a good movie
5 February 2006 | by rubenmajorSee all my reviews

I thought that this was a decent movie, although the title was a bit misleading. I thought the movie was going to be about college roommates or those that met shortly after. I did notice that after seeing the movie that there were many similarities between how family members and standard roommates get along.

I noted the trivial entourage of characters. I somewhat disagree with the above users outlook on Julian Moore. In comparison to other films, I found her performance to be somewhat lacking.

I did however believe that the storyline was quite interesting. I have watched this movie and find it analogous to my roommates online network experience. I mean, did you know that there were places to find people like this. Not to knock these services and believe me, I had a genuinely good experience at www.roommatesonline.net. But I did notice that other places where you could find this type of roommate were lacking in selectivity.

They always say that you can pick and choose your friends/acquaintances, but getting a roommate is often just the same as in this move - you can't quite pick them. And although you might not like them, it seems that the interesting ones keep coming back. I give this movie a 7/10 for effort and a decent storyline.


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