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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.

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Mira Watanabe
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Stephanie MacDonald
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Lou Baker
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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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The Perfect House. The Perfect Tenant. Perfectly Dangerous. See more »

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28 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Fremde Schatten  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$29,381,956 (USA)
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The home of Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine is not in Pacific Heights at all, but right across town in San Francisco's Potrero Hill district at the corner of Texas & 19th Street. See more »

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Obvious stunt double used for Carter Hayes during the first shot of him and Drake crashing through the window of the front door. See more »

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[initiating sex with Drake]
Patty Palmer: I wish I had spurs.
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Melanie Griffith's character Patty Palmer is credited as Patty Parker in the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 1 May 1991 (1991) See more »

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HANDS ALL OVER
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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Keaton shines as the villain!
15 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Prior to this film,we only saw Michael Keaton in comedic,and good guy roles.In Pacific Heights,he proves to us that he is not afraid to turn on us and be the bad guy.Keaton is excellent as Carter Hayes,the worst kind of no account,as he knows how to stay just out of reach of the law. The character is very similar to that of Max Cady in Cape Fear,though Cady is the far more memorable of the two.Carter Hayes is a nightmarish tenant wreaking havoc on the lives of his helpless landlords,wonderfully played by Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine.I consider this film to be an overlooked classic that never really got the attention it deserved,perhaps because no one wanted to see Keaton,particularly after his Batman success,as a villain.Those looking for a modern day "Hitchcock-esque" thriller will find a winner here.Thumbs up!


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