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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 Holzcek
D.B. Sweeney ... Michael Holzcek
Julianne Moore ... Beth Holzcek
Ellen Burstyn ... Judith
Jan Rubes ... Bolek Krupa
Joyce Reehling Joyce Reehling ... Barbara
Ernie Sabella ... Stash
John Cunningham ... Burt Shook
Noah Fleiss ... Michael at 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)

Gross USA:

$12,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,400,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Rocky Holzcek: Family takes care of Family!
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Crazy Credits

Art Department Dog .... Bob N. Dana See more »

Connections

Referenced in Love & Sex (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Performed by Eurythmics
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
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A pleasure to watch a real pro in action!
4 December 2005 | by shneurSee all my reviews

This movie is all about Peter Falk, and what he's capable of when released from his Columbo role. Not that I have anything against Columbo -- it's one of the all-time great cop characters, along with Sgt. Friday and Sipowicz -- but in a police procedural we're mainly interested in what happens next, and any good director keeps that in mind. Here Falk gets to display the breadth and depth of his powers, and keeps us enthralled from the first scene to the last. He was "only" 68 when this film was released, but is convincingly aged during its course from something like 60 up to 107 (yes, really), which is a tribute not only to him but to the formidable makeup department (IMDb lists nine makeup credits). And just because grandfather is such an overpowering character, we shouldn't ignore the fine performances by D.B. Sweeney as his physician-grandson and Julianne Moore as the young social worker. In all, this is a moving story, well made and superbly acted. If you haven't seen it, do.


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