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A woman inherits a rent-controlled apartment and is terrorized by a neighbor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Lewis ... Jane Emelin
William Hurt ... Greg Harrison
Shelley Duvall ... Martha Stewart
Austin Pendleton ... Mr. Collins
Tobin Bell ... The Lock Smith
Artie Lange ... Jerry
Sabrina Grdevich ... Cheryl
Lorna Millican Lorna Millican ... Mrs. Bryant
George Pottle George Pottle ... Mr. Bryant
Robert Costanzo ... Exterminator
Ardon Bess Ardon Bess ... Hardware Owner
Heidi Jo Markel ... Ashley
Mark A. Owen ... TV Delivery Man (as Mark Owen)
Ho Chow ... Korean Owner
Dwight McFee ... Policeman #1
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A young woman moves into a new apartment that she inherited from her grandmother, who had died there in a bizarre accident. She is immediately confronted by totally bizarre neighbors and someone is obviously out to get her as rats and flies engulf her apartment. But with the array of weirdos around her, who might it be? Everyone warns her to stay away from her upstairs neighbor, but he is the only one who shows any kindness. Supposedly the neighbor below her is an 80 year old woman, but she hammers the floor so hard when the young woman moves furniture that she breaks tiles. Another neighbor seems kind enough to begin with, but later seems more interfering and threatening. Also her weatherman boyfriend can't be ruled out. Contrary to his desire for her to move in with him, she moved into their apartment. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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People are dying to live in this building.


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Rated R for terror/violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuarto piso See more »

Filming Locations:

New Brunswick, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Albert is trying to find Jane in her apartment, he looks into the living room where a cigarette is clearly smoking in an ashtray. While running for her life from Albert, she would not have had time nor the inkling to light a cigarette. This was a recycled scene from earlier in the film when Greg was visiting her. See more »

Quotes

The Exterminator: You don't have a mouse problem lady, you got a neighbour problem.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Mantra Down
Written by Suzi Gardner and Donita Sparks
Performed by L7
Published by Drop Trou Tunes
(Administered by Zomba Songs, Inc.) (BMI)
Courtesy of Bongload Custom Records, Inc./Wax Tadpole Records, Inc.
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Homage?Influence?How about good,old-fashioned RIP-OFF!
23 September 2004 | by tone143See all my reviews

If the majority of these reviews were written by people under 28,you're forgiven.If not,well-there's a monstrous gap in your film education.

Since every last plot line,lighting concept,and even verbatim dialogue was copped directly from Polanski's "The Tenant"(masterpiece)and Hitchcock's "Rear Window"(another masterwork),a proper homage should have been done here,since the control-maniac weatherman boyfriend went to all the trouble to re-create the paranoid world of the film,"The Tenant",in order to force his independent girlfriend to move back in with him,including the elaborate hieroglyphic hallucinations(courtesy of Ms. Simone Schuul,of "The Tenant").The 2 films should have been featured as "characters" in the movie.Of course,this would require the film to elevate itself to black comedy,which requires talent,none of which was present here,except 2 talented actors selling out to do a parasitic piece of cr_p like this.If you want to see a way better ripoff of "The Tenant",see "Apartment Zero"(1987?),a South American production with Colin firth and Hart Bochner.At least there's an original twist there.


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