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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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Patty Palmer
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Drake Goodman
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Carter Hayes / James Danforth
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Toshio Watanabe
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Mira Watanabe
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Stephanie MacDonald
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Lieutenant Lou Baker
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Dennis Reed
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Greg
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Florence Peters
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Liz Hamilton
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Warning Cop
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Bennett Fidlow
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Loan Officer
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District Attorney Henry
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Realtor
Luis Oropeza ...
Revilla
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Judge Mitchell Black
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Hotel Front Office Manager Neil Spisak
Tony Simotes ...
Desk Clerk Victor
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Hotel Maid Patricia
Seth Isler ...
Sergeant Bobby Amato
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Mr. Thayer
Florence Sundstrom ...
Mrs. Thayer
Noel Evangelisti ...
Mrs. Smith
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Child
Tim Pulice ...
Younger Man
Ray Hanis ...
Older Man
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Bank Teller
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Al
Daniel MacDonald ...
George
J.P. Bumstead ...
1st Deputy Sheriff
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2nd Deputy Sheriff
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Locksmith Manford Bagel
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Exterminator
William Paterson ...
Mr. Hill
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Bill
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Amy
John Diaz ...
Shoe Shine Man
Roger Bearde ...
Arresting Cop
Ed Hodson ...
Other Cop
Frank DiElsi ...
Precinct Cop
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Man at Police Station
Maggy Myers Davidson ...
Diamond Lady
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Thug
Danny Wynands ...
Thug
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Television Host
Matthew Flint ...
Neighbor
Scott Freeman ...
Neighbor
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Neighbor
Danny Kovacs ...
Neighbor
Wat Takeshita ...
Neighbor
Frank Maruoka ...
Neighbor
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Neighbor
Aida Anderson ...
Neighbor
Linda Austin ...
Neighbor
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Ann Miller (uncredited)
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Arresting Officer (uncredited)
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Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Casey Ledoux ...
Lawyer (uncredited)
Matthew Running Water McFadden ...
Business Man (uncredited)
Neil O'Neill ...
Truck Driver (uncredited)
John Michael Quinn ...
Yacht Guest (uncredited)
Christabel Savalas ...
Bank Teller (uncredited)
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Man in Elevator (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Schlesinger

Written by

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Daniel Pyne ... (written by)

Produced by

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Gary Barber ... co-executive producer
Dennis E. Jones ... co-producer
David Nicksay ... co-executive producer
James G. Robinson ... executive producer
Joe Roth ... executive producer
Scott Rudin ... producer
William Sackheim ... producer

Music by

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Hans Zimmer

Cinematography by

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Amir Mokri ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Steven Ramirez
Mark Warner

Editorial Department

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Gordon Antell ... assistant film editor
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Tracey Featherston ... assistant editor
Donald Likovich ... first assistant editor
William Pine ... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Mindy Pomper Johnson ... post production coordinator

Casting By

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Mali Finn

Production Design by

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Neil Spisak

Art Direction by

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Steve Arnold ... (re-shoots)
Gershon Ginsburg
Michael Marcus
Sharon Seymour

Set Decoration by

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Clay A. Griffith
Debra Schutt

Costume Design by

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Bridget Kelly
Ann Roth

Makeup Department

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Kathy W. Estocin ... assistant makeup artist
Medusah ... key hair stylist
Kim Messina ... assistant hair stylist
Valli O'Reilly ... key makeup artist
Michele Payne ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Whitney Green ... unit production manager: San Francisco
Dennis E. Jones ... production manager
Jody Levin ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Herbert W. Gains ... first assistant director (as Herb Gains)
Gwyneth Horder-Payton ... second assistant director: San Francisco
Chitra F. Mojtabai ... second assistant director
W. Thomas Snyder ... key second assistant director: reshoots
Nathalie Vadim ... second assistant director
Dennis E. Jones ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Deana Albers ... assistant property master
Jamie Arbuckle ... art production assistant
Jill Bedford ... set dresser
Jamie Bishop ... on-set dresser
Mary Boney ... set dresser
James E. Bowen Jr. ... set dresser
Kevin Coons ... on-set carpenter
Kevin Coons ... on set carpenter
Bryan Corbett ... propmaker
Michael D. Costello ... scenic artist
David Elliott ... construction coordinator (as David Elliot)
Ron Ervin ... carpenter
Maureen Farley ... property master
Chris Gibbin ... lead man
Anne Hyvarinen ... scenic painter (as Ann Hyvarinen)
Michael Anthony Jackson ... storyboard artist
Kyle Johnstone ... set dresser
Steve Krynicki ... scenic artist
David McKlveen ... carpenter
Wayne Middleton ... set dresser
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco ... set dresser (as Sandy Wasco)
Lisa Roman ... art department coordinator
Brana Rosenfeld ... buyer
Mick Rossman ... lead scenic painter
Tristano Solari ... construction foreman
Eric Stull ... scenic carpenter
Torban Torp-Smith ... key carpenter: San Francisco
Jeffrey Townsend ... visual consultant
Greg Wilkinson ... set dresser
Helen Wilson ... seamstress
Mark Benton Johnson ... set dresser (uncredited)
Joel Ross ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Margaret Carlton ... assistant sound editor (as Margi Carlton)
Curtis Choy ... sound maintenance
Jay Dranch ... sound editor
Michael Dressel ... sound editor
Teresa García ... assistant sound editor
Robert Grieve ... supervising sound editor (as Bob Grieve)
J. Paul Huntsman ... adr supervisor (as Paul Huntsman)
Jonathan Klein ... assistant sound editor
Gregg Landaker ... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound South (as Gregg W. Landaker)
Kenneth C. Mantlo ... boom operator
James Matheny ... sound editor (as Jim Matheny)
Michael Minkler ... rerecording mixer: Skywalker Sound South
John Murray ... sound editor
Lauren Palmer ... sound editor
Rodger Pardee ... sound editor
Roy Seeger ... assistant sound editor
David Spence ... sound editor
Edward Tise ... sound mixer
Renee Tondelli ... sound editor
Jay Wilkinson ... sound editor
Dan Yale ... sound editor (as Daniel Yale)
James Ashwill ... foley mixer: TAJ Sound Works (uncredited)
Desmond Cannon ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Michael Dressel ... foley editor (uncredited)
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist: TAJ Sound Works (uncredited)
Greg Orloff ... foley mixer: TAJ Sound Works (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist: TAJ Sound Works (uncredited)
Roy Seeger ... assistant adr editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Kyle Collingsworth ... special effects technician
J.D. Streett ... special effects supervisor
Kevin Swigert ... special effects technician
Pat O'Doul ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Stunts

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Michael Cassidy ... stunts
Shane Dixon ... stunts
Tom Elliott ... stunts
Gary Epper ... stunts
Bobby J. Foxworth ... stunt coordinator
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw ... stunts
Matt McColm ... stunts
Debby Porter ... stunts
Steve C. Porter ... precision driver
Chad Randall ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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James Babineaux ... best boy
Anthony F. Balderrama ... key first assistant camera
Robert Bruce ... lamp operator
Donald Burghardt ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
George M. Chappell ... electrician
Mark Shane Davis ... key grip (as Mark Davis)
Brian Devin ... company grip
Renato Di Giuseppe ... director of photography: second unit
Mitch Dubin ... camera operator
Jack English ... gaffer
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald ... key rigging grip
Melinda Sue Gordon ... still photographer
Irv Gorman ... company grip
Scott Graves ... lamp operator
Kurt Grossi ... grip
Tony Mazzucchi ... best boy
Peter Mercurio ... first assistant camera: second unit
Matthew Morrissey ... assistant camera
Bill Pierson ... dolly grip
Gihan 'Sandy' Seneviratne ... rigging electrician
Greg Wardell ... lamp operator
Kevin Erb ... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Nina Henninger ... local casting
Emily Schweber ... casting associate
Eileen Turner ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Donna Barrish ... assistant costumer
Marsha Bozeman ... wardrobe
Lahly Poore ... costume supervisor
Andrea Wallace ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Timothy Bird ... assistant location manager: San Francisco (as Tim Bird)
Christine Bonnem ... location manager
Susan Marenco ... location liaison: San Francisco
Laurie Noll ... location manager: San Francisco

Music Department

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Steve Bartek ... additional orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Christine Cholvin ... assistant music editor
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
Bruce Fowler ... additional orchestrator
Walt Fowler ... musician: trumpet
Laura Perlman ... music editor
Jay Rifkin ... music recording engineer
Shirley Walker ... conductor / orchestrator
Alan Ett ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Nico Golfar ... score wrangler (uncredited)
Don Great ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Loose ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Shirley Walker ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Anne Warner ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Jon Carpenter ... transportation captain
Alan Collis ... transportation coordinator
John Downey ... transportation co-captain
Anthony Muto Jr. ... picture vehicles (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Kat Alioshin ... production assistant
Lennie Appelquist ... set production assistant
Kathy Archer Buck ... assistant production accountant (as Kathleen Archer-Buck)
Elliot L. Backerman ... office production assistant (as Elliot Backerman)
Candee Barshop ... production accountant
Kathy Breen ... assistant: Mr. Nicksay
Craig Chandler ... stand-in
Glen Coburn ... office production assistant
Glen Coburn ... office production assistant
Brett Cole ... assistant: Mr. Schlesinger
Casey B. Collins ... office production assistant (as Casey Collins)
Christopher Connors ... set production assistant
Joset Cook ... assistant: Mr. Pyne
Gail Crosby ... assistant: Mr. Sackheim
Sue Edwards ... assistant: Mr. Schlesinger
Matt Freeman ... assistant: Scott Rudin
Maxine Garcia ... assistant production coordinator: San Francisco
Diane Hoopes ... stand-in
Brenda Johns-Scherrer ... assistant: Mr. Barber
Sheldon Katz ... production controller (as Sheldon M. Katz)
Katie Ladyko ... assistant: Mr. Keaton
Joshua Levinson ... production assistant
Joshua Levinson ... set production assistant
William Lybeer ... craft service (as Bill Lybeer)
David Mastron ... post-production accountant
Rob McEntegart ... production legal
Joy Moody ... assistant: Ms. Griffith
Blaise Noto ... unit publicist
Michael Parker ... stand-in
Dan Perri ... title designer: main titles
Steve C. Porter ... stand-in
Ray Simm ... production auditor
Patricia A. Sonsini ... production coordinator (as Patricia Sonsini)
Shawn Stevens ... crafts service/catering
Leon Vaught ... assistant production coordinator
Janet M. West ... assistant: Mr. Robinson (as Janet West)
Sean Michael Beyer ... photo-double: Michael Keaton (uncredited)
Melinda Eichberg ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Cleland Hoff ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

San Franciscans Drake Goodman and Patty Palmer are taking their relationship to the next level not only by moving in together, but their new abode being a house they purchase. Despite it being slightly outside of their price range and only affordable to them in the right circumstances, they purchase a Victorian house in Pacific Heights. Those circumstances include making all the necessary renovations on their own, and immediately renting out the two suites on the main floor at a specific price point. While they rent out the rear one bedroom unit to the Watanabes without incident, outwardly wealthy Carter Hayes is able to manipulate his way into renting the front studio apartment, partly in promising to pay half a year's rent in advance. Drake and Patty eventually learn that Carter, whose money they do not receive, is in the "business" of causing havoc in such rental situations to ruin the owners financially, he being the tenant from hell. In Carter seemingly knowing how to manipulate the system to his benefit including the proverbial possession being nine-tenths of the law, Drake and Patty also learn from the police and Stephanie MacDonald, the property lawyer they hire to help evict Carter and who they cannot afford, that the law is on Carter's side, the process to get him out costly and time consuming. As the battle between Drake/Patty and Carter escalates, which also includes the Watanabes being caught in the crossfire, it becomes potentially deadly if either side crosses a breaking point. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Fenêtre sur Pacifique (France)
  • Fremde Schatten (Germany)
  • De repente, un extraño (Spain)
  • Pacifik Hajts (Serbia)
  • Morando com o Perigo (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Box Office

Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,912,637, 30 Sep 1990
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $44,926,706

Did You Know?

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Trivia Screenwriter Daniel Pyne once rented an apartment to a tenant that he could not evict. The film was inspired from this scenario. See more »
Goofs The policeman quotes an entirely non-factual law to Drake about a tenant having rights just because a tenant physically enters a building, even at the time the movie was made. No tenant has any legal right to remain on the premises of a single-family or multiple-family dwelling in any state without payment, and furthermore, because of Carter Hayes destructive acts (e.g., releasing the cockroaches and physical damage to the unit), Drake had more than enough good cause to have Carter forcibly evicted, either by the City of San Francisco police or the San Francisco County sheriff. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Green Fog (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Vivaldi: Summer - The Four Seasons See more »
Crazy Credits Melanie Griffith's character Patty Palmer is credited as Patty Parker in the credits. See more »
Quotes Amy: Patty?
Patty Palmer: Yeah?
Amy: Do you mind if I ask you why you're selling? I mean, you've done so much to this place. You've obviously put your heart in it.
Patty Palmer: [Ironically] No, not really. It was just an investment.
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