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Pacific Heights (1990)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  28 September 1990 (USA)
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A couple works 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshio Watanabe
Mira Watanabe
Stephanie MacDonald
Lou Baker
Dennis Reed
Florence Peters
Liz Hamilton
Warning Cop
Bennett Fidlow
Loan Officer
District Attorney


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It seemed like the perfect house. He seemed like the perfect tenant. Until they asked him to leave. See more »


Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

28 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fremde Schatten  »

Box Office


$29,381,956 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The year that the 19th Century polychrome house in Pacific Heights was built in was either 1883 or 1886 [the film states both dates] with slight modifications on the old home being re-modeled during the 1940s. See more »


Carter's briefcase when Patty is sneaking through his room. See more »


Carter Hayes: [to Drake] You're a brave and stupid man.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Oh, Woe Is Me (1993) See more »


Written by Kim Thayil (as Ken Thayil) and Chris Cornell (as Christopher Cornell)
Performed by Soundgarden
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
Copyright 1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
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Flawed, but good enough
5 September 1999 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See 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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