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House of Cards (1992)




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Kathleen Turner stars as architect Ruth Matthews, a widowed mother who returns to the U.S. after spending several years among the Mayan ruins of Central America. When her six-year-old daughter Sally (Asha Menina) stops speaking, Ruth fights with a child psychologist (Tommy Lee Jones) over the course of the girl's therapy.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Lessac, Robert Jay Litz, Edward Khmara
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 1999
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Kathleen Turner
as Ruth Matthews
Tommy Lee Jones
as Jake Beerlander
Asha Menina
as Sally Matthews
Shiloh Strong
as Michael Matthews
Park Overall
as Lillian Huber
Jacqueline Cassel
as Joey's Mother
John Henderson
as Bart Huber
Craig Fuller
as Roy Huber
Rick Marshall
as Frank Stearson
John Bennes
as Taxi Driver
Nick Searcy
as Construction Driver
Yvette Thor
as Melissa
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | April 3, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for House of Cards

Sweet film.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

I like this movie on a multitude of levels. Mainly I love Kathleen Turner in one of here best roles ever. She plays a talented architect and single mother tying to balance her passion for her work with her passion for her daughter and son and the loss of her husband. Her husband studied Maya tribes in South America and had accidentally died while investigating these tribes. She has a teenage son and a 5 year daughter. Her daughter at five is exceptional. Speaks several languages and shows other signs of brilliance and traveled with her father when not in school. The daughter is the focus of the story. Kathleen internalizes here own feeling about the loss of her husband and is not able to supply the need closure and support for her daughter who takes after her late husband. Her daughter becomes increasingly distant at school and eventually enters near catatonic state. The school calls in Tommy Lee Jones the school districts Social worker/psychologist. After his initial assessment he diagnoses her as autistic and Kathleen disagrees. Jones threatens to remove her into protective custody. Its nice to see Jones as something not related to law enforcement. Anymore plot would be a spoiler, suffice to say some people take exceptionally long paths to reach the short distance and effort to bridge the distance between two hearts. Seen it ten plus times and its still good for a good cry. Sorry to the people who thought this movie had anything to do with Autism. I?ve done volunteer work with autistic children and this movie has nothing even vaguely to do with autism. In addition, it is amazing how good of a movie can be made with minimal production costs

Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

I saw this years ago and I don't think I actively disliked it, but then again my standards were probably lower. I can forgive the weird misconceptions about autism due to the time it was made, but doubt I'd recommend it to anyone now...

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