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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 Mark Lochran Derek Mark Lochran ... Det. Lackson
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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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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Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Brooksfilms,Canal+ See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The SWAT raid scene took three days and 1500 bullet hits to set up. All of which were fired in less than one minute, resulting in less than 10 seconds of on-screen time. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lackson: [as the vagrant is being wheeled past covered in cactus] Don't worry! He an't going to even make it to the hospital.
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Referenced in The Calliope Box (2016) See more »

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Girl from Uganda
Written and Performed by Les Baxter
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Criminally underrated Bill Paxton thriller/dark comedy
3 October 2017 | by owlfySee all my reviews

I love me some Bill Paxton. Everyone should love Bill Paxton. He has since passed away but even before that I viewed him as a national treasure. If you can watch Weird Science, Aliens, The Vagrant, Tombstone, Near Dark, Twister, True Lies, A Simple Plan, or Frailty and not be enamored by him in at least one of those films, you need to re-evaluate your life.

Paxton plays Graham Krakowski a hardworking lower middle class citizen who purchases a fixer-upper. His new purchase is being intruded upon by a vagrant who proceeds to drive him insane. Graham believes the vagrant is a killer but others refuse to believe him. Is Graham going crazy or is this intrusive old man really a murderer?

I had a lot fun watching this slightly unknown gem. It's quirky and fits right in with Paxton's known nuttiness. He turns almost everyone against him as he slowly lets a weird vagrant encroach upon his personal life. Even though he can't afford it, he spends a substantial amount on building a fence around his whole residence, installing alarms and cameras. He becomes extremely paranoid and even dreams about this dirty old vagrant breaking into his house. Maybe he has the right to be paranoid? Give this one a try. Some great low-key humor with some thrills.


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