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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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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.

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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,753, 27 June 1993

Gross USA:

$322,871

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

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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In the 'tower in the woods' scene, the full moon is shown vertically above: this only happens near the equator (i.e. in the Tropics), but the scene is in the USA. 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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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Pass on it. If only I had
21 April 2000 | by millennia-2See all my reviews

There is no doubt that somewhere out there there is someone who loved this film, who adores it and watches it all the time, fed up by the bad reviews. That person is obviously not me, as I can see how this mind-boggling movie could have a following like that, but I positively hated it.

I rented it because of Tommy Lee Jones and Kathleen Turner, and the movie taught me a valuable lesson: listen to the critics and DON'T rent a movie that looks bad because of two stars in it. Both are given horrible, underdeveloped, unlikeble characters and asked to turn them into lovable, realistic characters. They failed miserable, not because they can't, but because they won't. The film is THAT bad.

Which ever studio exec who green lighted this project must've been high, or drunk. Or both. The story makes no sense whatsoever and is immensely boring. If you are a fan of either Turner or Jones, skip this one and instead see The Fugitive or War of The Roses again.


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