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The Vagrant (1992)

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A business man buys a house, but he has a hard time trying to get of its previous tenant, a dirty bum.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Krakowski
Lt. Ralf Barfuss
Marshall Bell ...
The Vagrant
Edie Roberts
Judy Dansig
Mr. Feemster
Teddy Wilson ...
Derek Mark Lochran ...
Det. Lackson
Mildred Brion ...
Mrs. Howler
Brett Marston ...
Blonde Cop
Ken Love ...
Cop (Buzz)
Katherine Gosney ...
Graham's Mother
Steve Gates ...
Public Defender


Graham is content! He has a just purchased a new house which he can afford due to his successful well okay job which also comes closer to him with a swell chance of picking up a great girlfriend as a bonus feature. Of course he is something of a suck up yuppie and his potential companion Judy Dansig is sex-crazed real estate agent. However his new home has unwanted guest, a disgraced destitute shrink, who sees a chance to carry on the mind games that led him to his current situation. As Graham starts finding pieces of those around him turning up in places like his fridge and with him getting the blame by the law. Graham struggles hard not to lose it, but that isn't easy as the deaths continue and he starts to even doubt his very own sanity! Written by Suspicious

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Rated R for some sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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$9,500,000 (estimated)

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Final film as director of Chris Walas. See more »


Det. Lackson: [as the vagrant is being wheeled past covered in cactus] Don't worry! He an't going to even make it to the hospital.
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OK to watch but isn't great
6 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Up and coming Graham Krakowski is a white, middleclass, wannabe yuppie. He buys a fixer upper house near the city center and moves in. However an old tramp also uses the house and Krakowski has to install a fortune of security devices. The tramp continues to get into the house and terrorise Krakowski, even though no one seems to see anything. As people begin to turn up dead, he wonders if it's all in his head and the police suspect him. Is the tramp real and, if so, what is his interest in Krakowski?

I didn't have high hopes for this despite the headline stars – they weren't big names then (this was one of Paxton's first lead roles). I also was put off by it's description as a horror/comedy – executive produced by Mel Brooks of all people! It started blandly enough but managed to have a few moments that fulfilled it's definition. It doesn't have out and out jokes, but some moments are funny – the police reaction to news of urination is the funniest. It also has some exciting moments of tension, but both are rare and scattered.

The story doesn't quite know what it's doing and because of that it's a little weak. However it does well enough to be entertaining, but it feels lost and slightly cheap. Paxton is actually quite good in a changing role, but Ironside doesn't have much to do. Marshall Bell as the vagrant is good despite just jumping out and going boo every 5 minutes – he is scary and unsettlingly unpleasant.

Overall this is OK to watch but isn't great. The comedy adds a strange mood to it and the drama/horror works quite well. Shame it feels a little cheap.

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