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
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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 <>

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


Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

28 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fremde Schatten  »

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$29,381,956 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of two 1990 movies starring actress Melanie Griffith first released in that year. The other film was The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). See more »


During the shot of Patty and Drake going upstairs in the final scene, the camera moves from inside to the outside and the camera is reflected in the window during the shot. See more »


Amy: Patty?
Patty Palmer: Yeah?
Amy: Do you mind if I ask you why you're selling? I mean, you've done so much to this place. You've obviously put your heart in it.
Patty Palmer: [Ironically] No, not really. It was just an investment.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 February 2015 (2015) See more »


Music by Antonio Vivaldi (uncredited)
Performed by Pinchas Zukerman (as Pinchas Zuckerman) and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Israeli Philharmonic)
Courtesy of Deutsche Gramaphon, a division of PolyGram Classics, Inc.
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Pacific Heights is Educational
7 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pacific Heights is required viewing in all Apartment Management courses in San Diego County. It is a chilling tale of decent but uneducated and unprepared new owners with a dream unknowingly up against a seasoned player in the professional renter game. This viewing requirement is one of the tools used to introduce starry-eyed management newcomers to the harsh and not-so-easily apparent world of the sick, the dangerous and the sue-happy portion of the rental market who will try to get the management stripped of all their personal assets and possessions, fired and possibly jailed, who work diligently to get the owner's property away from him/her, and who have no objection to going down as long as they can take others with them. Great movie.

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