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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 rid of its previous tenant, a dirty bum. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Cheri Montesanto .... makeup artist (as Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf)
Frank C. Montesanto .... hair stylist (as Frank Montesanto)
Frank C. Montesanto .... makeup artist (as Frank Montesanto)
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
Dan Kneece .... steadicam operator
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
David L. Starkey .... additional electrician
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
Location Management
Rosa Cays .... assistant location manager
Keith Mosca .... location assistant
Pinki Ragan .... location manager
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
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
Karen O'Toole .... production assistant
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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Did You Know?

Final film as director of Chris Walas.See more »
Graham Krakowski:I'm not gonna be your test subject no more doc
The Vagrant:Oh come on! You had a boring job, girl and life. Look at you now
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Referenced in The Calliope Box (2016)See more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Two words: Bill Paxton. Two More: Enough Said..., 26 November 2002
Author: jasonc13 from United States

The Vagrant tells the story of Graham Krackowski (the always magnificent Paxton), who moves into his new home only to be terrorized by an unruly homeless vagrant that lives across the street in an abandon lot. That's it, but that is all this film needs because Paxton, director Chris Wallas, and the rest of the cast turn a simple plot into a memorable laugh-scare fest. And like most film buffs would agree, finding the right mix of horror and comedy is not easy to do, and even when it is done, it's hardly ever done right. Not in this case however...

A subplot deals with Paxton up for a promotion at his suit-wearing executive job, as well as his girlfriend flying into town for a visit. With just the right amount of time spent on each to add to the story, the focus remains however on Paxton and his unwanted guest.

What begins as simply an inconvenience to him, escalates into an all out war of head games, wit, and eventually murder, with Paxton losing his girl, his job, and untimately his mind in the process. But what makes the story truly compelling, is that the audience is left in limbo throughout most of the film as to if all the happenings are indeed caused by the vagrant or by Paxton himself?

Now I'm not one to spoil a good whodunit, so I will leave that rock unturned for those who haven't had the privilege of seeing this little charmer. Because when it is all said and done, the ending has more than a few surprises.

So don't be left out in the cold like our antagonist, and rent this wacky masterpiece before its too late. And remember, if you ever find a book on the toilet of the house you are looking to purchase, think twice...

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