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Poster for House of D
  • Directed by

    David Duchovny

  • Screenplay by

    David Duchovny

  • Music Composed by

    Geoff Zanelli

  • Theatrical Release Date

    April 5, 2005 (wider release on April 29, 2005)

  • DVD Release Date

    October 5, 2005 (Region 1 - North America)

  • Production Companies

    Tribeca Productions, Southpaw Entertainment

  • Financed by

    Bob Yari Productions, Ovation Entertainment LLC

  • Distribution Company

    Lions Gate Films

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams


  • Zelda Williams

    Melissa Loggia

  • David Duchovny

    Tommy Warshaw

  • Anton Yelchin

    Tommy Warshaw

  • Téa Leoni

    Tommy's mom

  • Erykah Badu

    Lady Bernadette

  • Gideon Jacobs


  • Orlando Jones

    Superfly Pimp

  • Mary Fortune



It's 1973, and Tommy is a 13-year-old boy living in New York's Greenwich Village with his mother, who is still coming to terms with the death of her husband. Tommy's best friend is Pappass, a mentally challenged man in his thirties who is the same emotional age as Tommy; Pappass delivers meat for a local butcher, and Tommy helps him out. Tommy has discovered women, and has a crush on Melissa, a cute girl in his class, but Pappass isn't much interested in the opposite sex, and can offer little advice on the subject. Tommy's lone confidante on this issue is Lady Bernadette, a woman locked up in the nearby Women's House of Detention who offers advice shouted from her window. When Pappass begins to realize that Tommy is falling for Melissa, he's convinced he's losing his best friend, and in a moment of anger he steals a bicycle. Tommy tries to protect Pappas by claiming he was the thief, leading to a series of serious repercussions. Years later, Tommy is a grown man who leaves his home in Paris, France, to pay a visit to the old neighborhood and come to terms with the life he left behind.



  • Pappass

    Tommy don't like girls.

  • Pappass

    I'm not retarded anymore.

  • Tom

    Oh really?

  • Pappass

    Really. I went from retard to challenged. Who knows what I'll be next?

  • Pappass

    I was supposed to be normal, but I didn't get enough oxygen when I was born.

  • Pappass' dad

    Ah yeah, people are getting cheap with the tips or you boys went to the movies. Do you know why your mother died, son? She killed herself because she had a retarded son. Isn't that right?

  • Tommy

    She was hit by a car.

  • Pappass' dad

    She walked in front of a car because she had a retarded son.

  • Tommy

    She was drunk.

  • Pappass' dad

    She was drunk because her son was retarded.

  • Tommy

    She was drunk because she was married to you, you loser.

  • Pappass' dad

    Up yours.

  • Tommy

    Up yours too.

  • Pappass' dad

    Up yours too, sir.

  • Tommy

    Up yours too, sir, and good night.

  • Pappass' dad

    Uhuhuh, not until you can pass a driver's test. When you can drive, then you can drink.

Robin about playing Pappass

A lot of people haven't seen too many characters like that, with a high-functioning handicap." To play Pappass, Robin immersed himself in research, and says there was plenty of material at his disposal. In addition, he worked with Duchovny and makeup artist Cheri Minns to achieve Pappass' look. "I had fake teeth and my ears pushed forward to transform the face," he says. "There's a certain disorder where people look very elf-like, and we went with that one."

To play a 65-year-old man, Robin had to sit through 2 hours of make-up. He also had to wear a body suit that fills out his waist and chest to get that fat body. Robin has said that playing older roles is no problem for him.



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You never know who your angel's gonna be


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Filming Info

  • Dates

    September 15, 2003 - November 3, 2003

  • Locations

    Java Street and Lexington, New York City, NY
    Brooklyn, NY
    Paris, France (3 days)

International Release Dates

  • Canada

    April 29, 2005

  • Belgium

    September 7, 2005

  • Turkey

    September 23, 2005

  • Mexico

    January 27, 2006

  • Panama

    May 5, 2006

  • Spain

    July 7, 2006

  • South Korea

    December 24, 2008

International Titles

  • Turkey

    Can dostlar

  • Spain

    Delitos menores

  • Argentina

    El incomprendido (cable TV title)

    En busca del pasado (DVD title)

  • France

    Le prince de Greenwich Village (DVD title)

  • Brazil

    Reflexos da Amizade

DVD Extra Features

  • Trailers
  • Deleted scenes
  • Building the House of D featurette
  • All Access Festival Pass bonus
  • The Old Neighborhood featurette


Film clip featuring Robin, Zelda and Anton
24 MB, QuickTime required (right click & "Save Target As...")

1.6 MB Zip file (right click & "Save Target As...")

Box Office

  • Budget


  • Gross

    $388,532 (USA)
    $667 (international)
    $389,199 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $36,371 (2 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    305 theaters

  • In Release

    28 days / 4 weeks

  • Closing Date

    May 12, 2005

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