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Pacific Heights (1990)

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A couple work hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately, one of their tenants has plans of his own.

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John Schlesinger

Writer:

Daniel Pyne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Patty Palmer
Matthew Modine ... Drake Goodman
Michael Keaton ... Carter Hayes
Mako ... Toshio Watanabe
Nobu McCarthy ... Mira Watanabe
Laurie Metcalf ... Stephanie MacDonald
Carl Lumbly ... Lou Baker
Dorian Harewood ... Dennis Reed
Luca Bercovici ... Greg
Tippi Hedren ... Florence Peters
Sheila McCarthy ... Liz Hamilton
Guy Boyd ... Warning Cop
Jerry Hardin ... Bennett Fidlow
Dan Hedaya ... Loan Officer
James Staley ... District Attorney
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Storyline

A yuppie couple buy a large house in an exclusive San Fransisco neighborhood. They renovate it and plan to rent two apartments on the first floor to cover the costs. A prosperous looking man moves in but is not the ideal tenant. He never pays any rent, drives the other tenants away and systematically ruins the lives of his landlords. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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Taglines:

The Perfect House. The Perfect Tenant. Perfectly Dangerous. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1991 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Fremde Schatten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,912,637, 30 September 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,381,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,926,706
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Patty is looking for the cat in the basement, the pigeon flies out of the window and the long haired cat appears. In the close up shot of the cat shrieking, it is a short haired cat. In the shot of the cat exiting through the window, it has changed back to a long haired cat. See more »

Quotes

Carter Hayes: [to Drake] You're very a brave and stupid man.
[Drake turned to Carter]
Carter Hayes: What are you doing, Drake? You can't come in here.
Drake Goodman: Listen, Carter. It's no big deal. I just want to go upstairs and see Patty, okay?
Carter Hayes: But you've broken the law, Drake.
Drake Goodman: Wait a minute.
[Carter shot Drake once and twice at his left arm. Hayes then plants a crowbar at the scene to prevent any criminal charges]
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Crazy Credits

Melanie Griffith's character Patty Palmer is credited as Patty Parker in the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

MOZART: PIANO CONCERTO #19 IN F, K.459
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy and The Philharmonia Orchestra
Courtesy of London Records, a division of PolyGram Classics, Inc.
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Flawed, but good enough
5 September 1999 | by Tito-8See all my reviews

This film didn't completely win me over like I was hoping it would, but some solid acting, a good premise, and a few clever scenes made it worthwhile. There was never anything particularly suspenseful about the film, and you pretty much know who will win by the end, but the loathesome Michael Keaton character helped to keep me interested throughout. There were also a few things that especially annoyed me, including the terminally stupid Matthew Modine character, but this movie just has too many positives for me to dwell on the negatives. It's by no means perfect, but it's an effective thriller nonetheless.


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