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The Vagrant -- Bill Paxton stars in this humorous psychological thriller as an ambitious young executive whose life is turned upside-down by a derelict living across the street (Marshall Bell) and a thick-headed detective (Michael Ironside).


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Writer (WGA):
Richard Jefferies (written by)
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Release Date:
15 May 1992 (USA) See more »
He's not just in your mind...he's in your house. See more »
A business man buys a house, but he has a hard time trying to get of its previous tenant, a dirty bum. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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OK to watch but isn't great See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bill Paxton ... Graham Krakowski

Michael Ironside ... Lt. Ralf Barfuss
Marshall Bell ... The Vagrant

Mitzi Kapture ... Edie Roberts

Colleen Camp ... Judy Dansig

Patrika Darbo ... Doattie

Marc McClure ... Chuck

Stuart Pankin ... Mr. Feemster
Teddy Wilson ... X-Rays
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
Mark DeMichele ... Prosecutor
Debbie Bartelt ... Judge
Peppi Sanders ... Courthouse Reporter
Judy Lebeau ... Juror
Shane McCabe ... Alarm Man
Allan Berne ... Mr. Polkowisz
John Wade ... Anchorman
Cynthia Eichor ... Anchorwoman
Bill Andres ... TV Reporter
Ed Gable ... Waiter
Nick Young ... Guard
Robert C. Campion ... Trailer Park Resident
Johanna Went ... Trailer Park Resident
Shirlette Baker ... Trailer Park People
Mike Casper ... Trailer Park People
Wanda Dittman ... Trailer Park Resident
William J. Fisher ... Trailer Park Resident (as William Fisher)
Sam Hernandez ... Trailer Park Resident
Cornelio Hernandez ... Trailer Park Resident (as Cornelio R. Hernandez)
Blanche Rubin ... Trailer Park Resident
Forrie J. Smith ... Trailer Park Resident
Peggy Lord Chilton ... Hardcore Waitress
Patricia Landau ... Secretary
Doug Harriman ... Cop
Robert Guajardo ... Bailiff (as Roberto Guajardo)
Bob Sorenson ... Photographer
Lance Brady ... Sheriff
Jeanette Pavini ... Realtor (as Jeanette Price)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Travis Dutch ... Busboy Who Finds Body (uncredited)

JB Warren ... Jury Forman (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Walas 
Writing credits
Richard Jefferies (written by)

Produced by
Randy Auerbach .... co-producer
Mel Brooks .... executive producer
Gillian Richardson .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
John J. Connor 
Jack Wallner 
Film Editing by
Jay Ignaszewski 
Casting by
Bill Shepard 
Production Design by
Michael S. Bolton  (as Michael Bolton)
Art Direction by
Eric Fraser  (as Eric A. Fraser)
Set Decoration by
Andrew Bernard  (as Andy Bernard)
Costume Design by
Katherine Dover  (as Katherine 'K.D.' Dover)
Makeup Department
Jennifer Bell .... department head hairstylist
Ann Montesanto .... hair stylist
Ann Montesanto .... makeup artist
Frank C. Montesanto .... hair stylist (as Frank Montesanto)
Frank C. Montesanto .... makeup artist (as Frank Montesanto)
Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf .... makeup artist
Mike Smithson .... special makeup supervisor (as Michael Smithson)
Mark Walas .... special makeup effects supervisor
Production Management
Robert E. Warner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Humphrey .... first assistant director (as Bruce A. Humphrey)
Alisa Matlovsky .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ron James Armijo .... set dresser (as Ron Armijo)
Kelly Bocchini .... assistant properties
Helen Britten .... assistant decorator
Marcia Calosio .... assistant art director
Laura Cartwright .... carpenter
Craig Cheply .... scenic artist
Nigel Clinker .... leadperson
Pasco Di Carlo .... set dresser
Eduardo H. Esparza .... carpenter
Neil Gahm .... propmaker foreman
Tony Gibson .... set dresser
Joel S. Griffith .... lead scenic
Reginald Hendrix .... production illustrator (as Reggie Hendrix)
Bill Holmquist .... construction coordinator
Joel Jaspan .... carpenter
Terry Kempf .... construction foreman
Matt Marich .... set dresser (as Matthew Marich)
Kevin Milburn .... property master
Aaron Newton .... propmaker
Christian W. Russhon .... assistant property master (as Christian Wirth Russhon)
Jimi Ryan .... set dresser
Mark Wieringa .... carpenter
Eileen Winterkorn .... scenic
Brian Stewart .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Laura Graham .... adr supervisor
Samuel H. Hinckley .... sound effects editor
Mildred Iatrou .... dialogue editor (as Milly Iatrou)
Kate Jesse .... boom operator
Eva Kadrey .... assistant dialogue editor
Carey Lindley .... sound mixer
Jennifer Myers .... foley artist (as Jennifer Meyers)
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Susan Popovic .... assistant dialogue editor
E. Jeane Putnam .... foley supervisor
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Jennifer L. Ware .... supervising sound editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Michelle Lyman .... special effects crew
Bob Shelley .... special effects
Cory R. Starr .... special effects technician
Danny Wagner .... animatronic engineer
Danny Wagner .... special effects props
Mary Albee .... stunts
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Bret Davidson .... stunts (as Bret L. Davidson)
Ellis Edwards .... stunts (as Frank Ellis Edwards Jr.)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts (as Gloria-Gene Fioramonti)
Andree Gibbs .... stunts
Randy Hall .... stunts
Susan Hurtado .... stunts (as Susan Smith Hurtado)
Rob King .... stunt coordinator
Cole S. McKay .... stunts
Bob Minor .... stunts (as Robert L. Minor)
John Moio .... stunts
Gary Pike .... stunts (as Gary T. Pike)
Jerry Spicer .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Merritt Yohnka .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... assistant camera
Robert Amses .... second assistant camera
Scott Benjamin .... electrician
Gary Boulanger .... first assistant camera
Bill L. Burwell .... electrician
Richard J. Cartwright .... still photographer
Dan Cooper .... grip
Paul Gyorgy .... electrician
Scott W. Johnson .... grip (as Scott Johnson)
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Patrick McArdle .... first assistant camera
Ron Nix Jr. .... grip
Tony J. Pirri .... best boy grip (as Tony Pirri)
Jackson W. Saunders .... camera operator: second unit
David St. Onge .... chief lighting technician
Joseph E. Thibo .... camera operator
Tony Whitman .... key grip
Casting Department
Colleen Gardiner .... extras casting (as Coleen Gardiner)
Darlene Wyatt .... casting: Arizona
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebekah Alvi .... costumer
Theresa Bentz .... wardrobe supervisor
Valeria Watson .... costumer (as Valeria A. Watson)
Editorial Department
Harriet Isaac .... post-production coordinator (as Harriet Hudson Isaac)
Jaime Oria .... assistant editor
Pamela Reis .... first assistant editor
John Watson .... associate editor
Music Department
Nick Ariondo .... musician
Carol Sue Baker .... music supervisor
Jay Ignaszewski .... music editor
Bernie Kirsch .... score mixer (as Bernie Kirsh)
Carl Swartz .... music editor
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Wesley S. Bloom .... driver
Mark Brown .... driver: production van
Doug Hiserodt .... transportation captain
Kenny Mason .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Sibylle Alridge .... script supervisor
Nicole Barry .... assistant production coordinator
Robert C. Campion .... production accountant
Rosa Cays .... assistant location manager
Joanne S. Grant .... post-production accountant (as Joanne Grant)
Robyn Harrell .... assistant production coordinator (as Robyn L. Harrell)
Lubka Jacobs .... production assistant
Jim Jaffe .... product placement
Saul Kahan .... publicist
David Minkowski .... production coordinator
Keith Mosca .... location assistant
Karen O'Toole .... production assistant
Pinki Ragan .... location manager
Sharon Vise .... assistant accountant (as Sharon L. Vise)
John Achorn .... adr voice group (uncredited)

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Rated R for some sensuality and violence
91 min
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The SWAT raid scene took three days and 1500 bullet hits to set up. All of which were fired in less than one minute, resulting in less than 10 seconds of on-screen time.See more »
Lt. Ralf Barfuss:Pick the gun up
Graham Krakowski:Why?
Lt. Ralf Barfuss:So I can shoot you
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
OK to watch but isn't great, 6 May 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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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