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The Vagrant (1992)

A business man buys a house, but he has a hard time trying to get rid of its previous tenant, a dirty bum.

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Chris Walas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Loughran ... Det. Lackson (as Derek Mark Lochran)
Mildred Brion Mildred Brion ... Mrs. Howler
Brett Marston Brett Marston ... Blonde Cop
Ken Love Ken Love ... Cop (Buzz)
Katherine Gosney Katherine Gosney ... Graham's Mother
Steve Gates Steve Gates ... Public Defender
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Storyline

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 vagrant that lives across the street in an abandon lot. What begins as simply an inconvenience to him, escalates into an all out war of head games, wit, and eventually murder. Written by jasonc13

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He's not just in your mind...he's in your house. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scream 911 See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,300, 17 May 1992

Gross USA:

$5,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,900
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Company Credits

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Brooksfilms, Canal+ See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Teddy Wilson (X-ray) died of a stroke prior to the films release See more »

Quotes

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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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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OK to watch but isn't great
6 May 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

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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