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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Patty Palmer
... Drake Goodman
... Carter Hayes
... Toshio Watanabe
... Mira Watanabe
... Stephanie MacDonald
... Lou Baker
... Dennis Reed
... Greg
... Florence Peters
... Liz Hamilton
... Warning Cop
... Bennett Fidlow
... Loan Officer
... District Attorney
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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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It seemed like the perfect house. He seemed like the perfect tenant. Until they asked him to leave. See more »

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28 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Fremde Schatten  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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The film's top-billed three leads, Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith, and Matthew Modine, all each worked with Alec Baldwin in a movie in the preceding couple of years or so before this film. Keaton worked with Baldwin on Beetlejuice (1988); Griffith worked with Baldwin on Working Girl (1988); and Modine worked with Baldwin on Married to the Mob (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Patty is looking for the cat in the basement, the pigeon flies out of the window and the long haired cat appears. In the close up shot of the cat shrieking, it is a short haired cat. In the shot of the cat exiting through the window, it has changed back to a long haired cat. 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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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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Michael Keaton Is The Movies Saving Grace
4 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

An unusual choice for Michael Keaton to follow up his first "Batman" movie with him going from hero and to outright villain.

Plot In A Paragraph: Drake Goodman (Modine) and Patty Palmer (Griffith)an unmarried couple, purchase an expensive 19th-century house in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighbourhood. They rent one of the building's two first-floor apartments to the Watanabes, a kindly Japanese couple. Not long after, Carter Hayes (Keaton) visits to view the remaining vacant unit and immediately expresses a desire to move in. Hayes drives an expensive Porsche and carries large amounts of cash on him. He convinces Drake to waive the credit check in exchange for a list of personal references and an upfront payment of the first six months' rent, to be paid by wire transfer. Before any of that happens he moves in unannounced and refuses to leave.

Melanie Griffith whilst looking great is awful acting wise, and Matthew Modine had me questioning how this man forged a career as an actor. Some of my main annoyances came from his character, and I had my concerns that he may end up being the real psycho, but his performance really was dire.

It's Keaton as the villain of the piece, who shines and gives the movie it's best scenes. Tippi Hedren and Dan Hedaya have small roles and Beverley D'Angelo has an uncredited role as a former lover/business partner of Carter's. I'm not sure why she is uncredited though.


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