6.4/10
14,644
91 user 21 critic

Pacific Heights (1990)

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

One Good Cop (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An NYPD Detective (Michael Keaton) and his struggle for justice, while taking care of his late partner's three little girls after he is killed in the line of duty.

Director: Heywood Gould
Stars: Michael Keaton, Rene Russo, Anthony LaPaglia
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four mental patients on a field trip in New York must save their caring chaperon, who ends up being taken to a hospital in a coma after accidentally witnessing a murder, before the killers can find him and finish the job.

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law, and realizes that it's exactly what he needs.

Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
Stars: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman
Multiplicity (1996)
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man who never has enough time for the things he wants to do is offered the opportunity to have himself duplicated.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Zack Duhame
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

San Francisco police officer Frank Connor is in a frantic search for a compatible bone marrow donor for his gravely ill son. There's only one catch: the potential donor is convicted ... See full summary »

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox
Gung Ho (1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt
Mr. Mom (1983)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce and he becomes a stay-at-home dad - a job he has no clue how to do.

Director: Stan Dragoti
Stars: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Frederick Koehler
Night Shift (1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Set in the 1930's, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.

Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner
My Life (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A terminally ill man prepares for his death.

Director: Bruce Joel Rubin
Stars: Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford
The Paper (1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Toshio Watanabe
...
Mira Watanabe
...
Stephanie MacDonald
...
Lou Baker
...
Dennis Reed
...
Greg
...
Florence Peters
...
Liz Hamilton
...
Warning Cop
...
Bennett Fidlow
...
Loan Officer
...
District Attorney
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Where terror lives. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fremde Schatten  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,381,956 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The picture was a rare entry into the horror-thriller genre of director John Schlesinger whose only other films in these genres were The Believers (1987) and for television The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1997). Pacific Heights (1990) also can be categorized as a suspense-thriller with Schlesinger also directing Marathon Man (1976) and Eye for an Eye (1996) in this genre. See more »

Goofs

Patty's last name is shown to be "Palmer" on her financial statement seen in Carter's briefcase, but the closing credits list her name as "Patty Parker" See more »

Quotes

Carter Hayes: [Here at the interrogation room. James Danforth is in jail] They're lying. These people are completely pathological. They took a 1/2 year's rent from me, and they said I never paid them. They evicted me, they slandered me, they totally destroyed my credit. They physically assaulted me. They threatened my life. And now this. These people are parasites. Florence...
[sighed]
Carter Hayes: I am sorry... that you were even touched by any of this. Oh, God, I'm so embarrassed. When I first met you, I was enchanted......
See more »

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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Tenants are the curse of the propertied class
27 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a carefully programmed yuppie nightmare, something to titillate the emotions betwixt the sushi and the creme de mint, something to remind the upwardly mobile that you have to keep your guard up at all times because there are animals out there waiting to take it all away from you.

Clever plot premise: Yuppie couple, stylishly unmarried, possibly for tax purposes, buy a painted lady in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco, a Victorian fixer upper for $750,000. It's the 1980's and everybody is getting rich in California real estate. They are now in yuppie heaven since there are two rentals on the property which take care of $2300 of the $3700 monthly mortgage, which leaves them responsible for only $1400, which is less then they were paying before, and now they have a huge tax write-off and hopefully an appreciating property. Of course they are margined to the gills, but what can go wrong?

How about the tenant from hell? Forget about your wild parties and your late-with-the-rent dead beats. This guy (Michael Keaton as a slimy, upper crust psycho genius) doesn't even pay the deposit. He just moves in, squats, and our yuppie couple is helpless to get rid of him since by law he now has possession. He changes the locks, cultivates big ugly oriental cockroaches, and pounds away at all hours of the night, and chases off the other tenant. Seems he has done this before. Seems it is an elaborate scam to gain total possession of the entire property. Next to go are the owners.

Naturally the cops and the law seem to work for him, not our adorable couple. (This is a little fictional reality to further excite the passions of the audience, call it poetic license, since we all know that the tenant/landlord laws in California are written by and for the propertied class, as they are anywhere else, as is only right.)

But this is a morality play. Could it be that our yuppies are undeserving of their wealth and are easy prey in the econ jungle because of their naiveté? Could be. But as this is a modern morality tale, you can be sure that the woman, played with worrisome lines under her eyes by the ever adorable Melanie Griffith, will turn the tables and kick some male butt despite the handicap of having a not too bright boyfriend, who is easily manipulated by our villain into some rather stupid male behavior that makes things worse for our heroine. Incidentally, he is played with such annoying exactitude by Matthew Modine that I can hear the rednecks in the audience screaming: "Die yuppie scum!"

It should be noticed that the adversary of the yuppies is not your standard ghetto dweller, but a wayward member of the upper class, a fitting adversary in this yuppie trial by fire.

I'll let you guess who wins.

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)


18 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?