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Pacific Heights (1990)

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A couple work 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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John Schlesinger

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Daniel Pyne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Patty Palmer
Matthew Modine ... Drake Goodman
Michael Keaton ... Carter Hayes
Mako ... Toshio Watanabe
Nobu McCarthy ... Mira Watanabe
Laurie Metcalf ... Stephanie MacDonald
Carl Lumbly ... Lou Baker
Dorian Harewood ... Dennis Reed
Luca Bercovici ... Greg
Tippi Hedren ... Florence Peters
Sheila McCarthy ... Liz Hamilton
Guy Boyd ... Warning Cop
Jerry Hardin ... Bennett Fidlow
Dan Hedaya ... Loan Officer
James Staley ... District Attorney
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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>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fremde Schatten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,912,637, 30 September 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,381,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,926,706
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie's main cast, Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, and Michael Keaton all have first names beginning with the letter "M". See more »

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Carter's briefcase when Patty is sneaking through his room. See more »

Quotes

Warning Cop: [Drake illegally cut off the heat and electricity to Hayes' apartment] If he decides to fight an eviction, you're already knee-deep in shit.
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Melanie Griffith's character Patty Palmer is credited as Patty Parker in the credits. See more »

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LETHAL TENDENCIES
Written by Stacy Anderson
Performed by Hallows Eve
Courtesy of Metal Blade Records
Published by Bloody Skull Music, BMI
Administered by Bug Music
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yuppy horror not fun
23 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Drake Goodman (Matthew Modine) and his girlfriend Patty Palmer (Melanie Griffith) are stretching their finances to the limit to buy a San Francisco house. They need to rent the two ground floor apartments to cover the mortgage. They rent one apartment to the nice Watanabes. The other one they rent to Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton). Carter seems to be well-off initially. Things turn quickly. Carter never pays rent. He causes problems. The law is on his side. The couple gets Stephanie MacDonald (Laurie Metcalf) as their lawyer.

Matthew Modine is so angry and so unlikeable that it's hard to root for him. He keeps yelling at everybody and it happens very quickly after the first hurdle. Michael Keaton is a nice creepy villain. It's somewhat a horror. The problem is that it's not a fun horror. The thrills are derived from annoyance. It is very good at being an uncomfortable watch. It's actually a relief when Modine takes a backseat to Griffith. For what it is, this is expertly made.


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