Roommates (1995)




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This gentle comedy drama chronicles the 30 year relationship between a grandfather and the orphan grandson he raised. Cantankerous Rocky Holeczek took 5-year old Michael in after his parents were killed. Years pass and 25-year-old Michael is doing his hospital internship at Ohio State. Clear-minded, spunky, and ever cranky Rocky is nearly 100-years old. When he learns that he is to be evicted from his home, he is forced to move in with Michael. There, the highly opinionated Rocky causes all sorts of trouble. Rocky is especially vocal about Michael's relationship with the wonderful Beth, a social worker with an extremely wealthy mother. Rocky is a good Catholic and cannot tolerate the fact that Michael and Beth sleep together. He does all he can to break them up until Michael caves in and marries her. Meanwhile, Rocky is given work at a grocery store bakery and must remain in Columbus after Michael and Beth move to Pittsburgh. Later they have two children. Then Rocky finally gets sick, and Michael's family too must endure a terrible tragedy. Still, the two find each other and with Rocky's help, Michael learns an important lesson about being a mature and responsible adult.
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Peter Falk
as Rocky Holeczek
Ellen Burstyn
as Judith
D.B. Sweeney
as Michael Holeczek
Frankie Faison
as Professor Martin
Noah Fleiss
as Michael (age 5)
Robert Gardner
as Assisting Surgeon
Scott Cohen
as Attending Intern
Jan Rubes
as Bolek Krupa
David Tom
as Michael (age 15)
Ilana Levine
as E.R. Nurse
John Cunningham
as Burt Shook
Lisa Davis
as Betty
Gerry Becker
as Dr. Minceberg
Jeff Howell
as Surgeon
Joyce Reehling
as Barbara
Bernard Canepari
as Judith's Lawyer
Ron Jaye
as Good Morning Columbus Host
Willard Scott
as Himself
Vicki Ross-Norris
as Cecilia's Nurse
Rohn Thomas
as Kevin
John E. Blazier
as Baseball Spectator
Vickie Ross-Norris
as Cecilia's Nurse
Nelle Stokes
as Recovery Room Nurse
Dorothy Silver
as Housekeeper
Scott Kloes
as Celilia's Son
Ann Heekin
as Cecilia
Jeffrey Howell
as Surgeon
Karl Mackey
as Milan Postevic
Zygmund Szarnicki
as Funeral Priest
Chance Marquez
as Bully at Baseball Game
David Cutter
as Peanut Vendor
Lillian Misko-Coury
as Bakery Saleswoman
Noah Abrams
as Stavinski
Pattie Carlson
as Second E.R. Nurse
Adrienne Wodenka
as Third E.R. Nurse
Daniel Corbin Cox
as Attending Physician
Wanqing Wu
as Zhang
Zhe Sun
as Liu
Peter Klemens
as Bartender
Donald R. Wilson
as Reverend at Wedding
Rosa Gamarra-Thomson
as Cleaning Lady
Mary Marini
as O.R. Nurse
Robert Dyga
as Profusionist
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Critic Reviews for Roommates

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

A pretty forgotten little movie that has some poignant moments.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Falk is good, but this is ultimately an exercise in shameless manipulation.

October 9, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Wonderful film that salutes the vitsal connections between grandparents and grandchildren.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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July 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for Roommates

Nice. Sweet. Moving. Peter Falk was great as the old geezer (though the makeup sometimes was questionable).

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Roommates is a wonderful story about an extended family that needs its grandfather to fill in for their mother who has died tragically young, and a grandfather who needs a reason to go on living. Together they muddle through life, with the kids, the son, and the father all becoming emotionlly with the passing of time. There are many touching moments in the film, not the least of which is the lump-in-your-throat ending. Definitely a chick-flick worth checking out by real men who are not afraid of their emotions. Right up there with "Door-to-Door", and "Steel Magnolias."

Jay Richards
Jay Richards

Very good warmhearted and often humourous tearjerker about the relationship of cantankerous Polish-American baker and his grandson throughout 30 years.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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