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Pacific Heights (1990)

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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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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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Where terror lives. See more »

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28 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Fremde Schatten  »

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$29,381,956 (USA)
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Trivia

One of two 1990 films starring actor Matthew Modine first released in that year. The other movie was Memphis Belle (1990). See more »

Goofs

The policeman quotes an entirely non-factual law to Drake about a tenant having rights just because a tenant physically enters a building, even at the time the movie was made. No tenant has any legal right to remain on the premises of a single-family or multiple-family dwelling in any state without payment, and furthermore, because of Carter Hayes destructive acts (e.g., releasing the cockroaches and physical damage to the unit), Drake had more than enough good cause to have Carter forcibly evicted, either by the City of San Francisco police or the San Francisco County sheriff. See more »

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Carter Hayes: [to Drake] You're a brave and stupid man.
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Melanie Griffith's character Patty Palmer is credited as Patty Parker in the credits. See more »

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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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Melanie Griffith looked better before she messed up her lips.
26 December 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

If Fred and Ethel Mertz had ever seen "Pacific Heights", they might have thought twice about giving Lucy and Ricky an apartment - and I don't mean that in a funny way. When San Francisco renters Patty Palmer (Melanie Griffith) and Drake Goodman (Matthew Modine) fix up an apartment, they sell it to newcomer Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton). But something's not quite right about this guy. And when they ask him to leave, things get really ugly.

"Pacific Heights" is one of those movies that show the dangerous side of a certain lifestyle, in this case being a renter. You probably won't want to be a renter after watching this movie. Michael Keaton makes one perplexing character - but he's not perplexing for long. Griffith and Modine really give one the impression of sinking into desperation. You won't want to miss this one - it just might save your life.

Oh, and by the way, Griffith's mom Tippi Hedren also appears in this movie.


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