House of Cards

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In Michael Lessac's lugubrious House of Cards, women's intuition beats out psychology in the battle against autism. The story begins in Mexico, where a little girl named Sally Matthews (Asha Menina) lives with her parents, scientists studying ancient ruins. When her father falls to his death, Sally is comforted by a Mayan mystic that tells Sally her father has gone to the moon. When Sally, her mother Ruth (Kathleen Turner), and her brother Michael (Shiloh Strong) return home to North Carolina, Sally begins to ...
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In Michael Lessac's lugubrious House of Cards, women's intuition beats out psychology in the battle against autism. The story begins in Mexico, where a little girl named Sally Matthews (Asha Menina) lives with her parents, scientists studying ancient ruins. When her father falls to his death, Sally is comforted by a Mayan mystic that tells Sally her father has gone to the moon. When Sally, her mother Ruth (Kathleen Turner), and her brother Michael (Shiloh Strong) return home to North Carolina, Sally begins to retreat into autism. She first stares silently at the night sky. Then she shrieks when Ruth wears a baseball cap the wrong way. Finally she develops the habit of scaling the roof of the house and other tall structures. This makes Ruth realize that there is something seriously wrong, and she takes her to see Dr. Jacob Beerlander, a psychiatrist who is an expert in autism. As Sally retreats more and more into herself, Beerlander and Ruth clash over the scientific approach versus the intuition of a mother.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/1999
  • UPC: 013023015197
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathleen Turner Ruth Matthews
Tommy Lee Jones Dr. Jake Beerlander
Asha Menina Sally Matthews
Shiloh Strong Michael Matthews
Esther Rolle Adelle
Park Overall Lillian Huber
Michael Horse Stoker
Anne Pitoniak Judge
Mali Finn
Joaquin Martinez Selord
Craig Fuller Roy Huber
Jacqueline Cassell Joey's Mother
John Henderson Bart Huber
Rick Marshall Frank Stearson
John Bennes Taxi Driver
Nick Searcy Construction Driver
Technical Credits
Michael Lessac Director, Screenwriter
Charley Beal Art Director
Tony Gittleson Asst. Director
Wolfgang Glattes Producer, Production Manager
Jeff Goodwin Makeup
Vittorio Cecchi Gori Executive Producer, Producer
Lianne Halfon Producer
Victor Hammer Cinematographer
James Horner Score Composer
Greg Hull Special Effects
Edward Khmara Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Robert Jay Litz Screenwriter
Walter Murch Editor
Gianni Nunnari Producer
Dale Pollock Producer
Leslie Rollins Set Decoration/Design
Jonathan Sanger Co-producer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

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0. Jump to a Scene
1. The Gods [5:17]
2. Going Home [6:40]
3. Adjusting [5:16]
4. Sally's dolls [6:11]
5. Heights [9:54]
6. The psychologist [6:02]
7. Observation [4:37]
8. House of Cards [8:10]
9. What is best for Sally [7:38]
10. Mother Vs. Doctor [4:48]
11. Looking for the link [3:54]
12. Climbing the Crane [4:03]
13. Taking Sally away [7:17]
14. Building the Link [6:52]
15. Questioning theories [7:11]
16. Dreaming [8:10]
17. Sally is back [6:50]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An emotional ride!

    A wonderful story of persistance paying off and overcoming a disability. Says a lot about how much attutude comes into play in dealing with hardship and great challenge. I saw this movie when it first came out and have never forgotten it. I have recommended it to many, especially to those with an autistic child.

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