House of D
|House of D|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Duchovny|
|Produced by||Jane Rosenthal
Richard B. Lewis
|Written by||David Duchovny|
|Music by||Geoff Zanelli|
|Edited by||Suzy Elmiger|
|Running time||97 minutes|
House of D is 2004 coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by David Duchovny as his directorial debut in film. The film stars Erykah Badu, Frank Langella, Téa Leoni, Zelda Williams, Anton Yelchin, and Robin Williams. It was screened at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
An American artist living a bohemian existence in Paris, Tom Warshaw (David Duchovny) is trying to make sense of his troubled adult life by reflecting upon his extraordinary childhood. Prompted by his son's 13th birthday, Tom experiences a flashback to Greenwich Village in 1973, as 13-year-old Tommy (Anton Yelchin) is on the brink of becoming a man. While his bereaved single mother (Téa Leoni) mourns the death of his father, Tommy escapes grief by causing trouble at school and making afternoon deliveries with his best friend Pappas (Robin Williams), a mentally challenged janitor. Following the romantic advice offered by Lady (Erykah Badu) – incarcerated in the infamous New York Women's House of Detention for shadowy reasons – Tommy experiences his first taste of love. Yet when an unexpected tragedy radically alters his world, Tommy must take a life-defining choice – one that will compel the adult Tom thirty years later, to confront his unfinished past.
- David Duchovny as Tom Warshaw (Adult)
- Anton Yelchin as Tommy Warshaw (Young)
- Robin Williams as Pappas
- Téa Leoni as Mrs. Warshaw
- Erykah Badu as Lady / Bernadette
- Frank Langella as Rev. Duncan
- Zelda Williams as Melissa
- Orlando Jones as Superfly
- Willie Garson as Ticket Agent
House of D was given a score of 10% on Rotten Tomatoes with a consensus calling it "A sincere but inept coming of age story." It has received a composite 7/10 score by voters on the Internet Movie Database. Box Office Mojo gives the reviews a C+. Many critics attribute the poor reception to the fact that Duchovny wrote and directed the movie, which gave it a lack of creative direction and caused it to meander and to lose focus.
The film was released in theaters on April 15, 2005. It grossed $36,371 during its opening week. The next week it grossed $7,441. In the film's third week, it grossed $210,826, the most during its run. In the film's fourth and final week, it grossed $30,386, a total of $371,081 worldwide.
The DVD was released on October 4, 2005. The DVD contains special features, such as commentary with David Duchovny and the cast and a behind-the-scenes featurette called The Making of House of D.
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