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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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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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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 »

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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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Trivia

Peter Falk's makeup took four hours per day to apply and remove. See more »

Quotes

[last words]
Rocky Holzcek: Michael, I've always been proud of you.
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Referenced in Love & Sex (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I Scream
Written by Ken Sheppard, Joe Patino, Jay Patino, Jeff Williamson and Steve Williamson
Performed by Twenty Mondays
Courtesy of Spindletop Records
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topnotch drama about the strength of family
29 April 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I must put in a word of defense for this excellent movie, which was sadly underrated by both critics and audiences. The true story - of a Polish baker in Pittsburgh who raised his orphaned grandson at the age of 70+ and put him through medical school - sounds like a formula for sentimentality and cliches. However, the movie transcends that to become a moving story of the strength of family, with many wonderful touches of humor. Peter Falk's portrayal of the irascible, curmudgeonly, and indomitable Rocky Holzcek dominates the movie. We are made to care about all the people portrayed. I don't understand the criticism about the movie "not having a story" to tie it together. The changing relationship of Rocky and his family as the years go by has plenty of elements of drama. This movie touched me deeply. It's a real sleeper.


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