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The 4th Floor (1999)

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


Josh Klausner


Josh Klausner





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


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jane goes pounding on the door on the 4th floor, we see her through the peephole. The first two shots show her standing in an empty hallway, then when she's done pounding and starts to turn away, there are suddenly several bags of garbage around her. See more »


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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2 July 2007 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

There are many problems with a movie like this one. First of all, you've seen it all before. A lone woman (or just lone person) moving into a flat in a building filled with psychos is a popular theme. Second of all, the story might work up until the end. Then it usually falls apart more or less completely, the way it does here.

Juliette Lewis and William Hurt are both decent actors and they do a decent job here. The supporting actors have bigger problems with Shelley Duvall and Austin Pendleton both coming off as completely unbelievable characters, playing neighbors in the strange house.

What i think worked well in this movie is first off the house itself. It's got a nice Gothic New York-feel to it, with seedy run-down interiors and huge staircases. Also like i said above Hurt and Lewis do their parts OK, although i feel Hurt almost always has something a bit unnatural about him. I don't know what it is, but his delivery is slow and contemplated, almost theater-like. It's not always fitting.

The negative aspects are mostly the supporting actors, which have a hard time with the script giving them characters that are just too much to believe. The one that stands out especially though is Sabrina Grdevich as Lewis work colleague. She seems to be in a porno-movie or something of the kind, flirting with the camera no matter what she's saying. Also the script has other problems, mostly with plausibility. That is not unexpected though as these kinds of movies usually need a villain capable of extremely intricate measures for a very small potential gain.

In the genre, this is not a disaster. I can't say i recommend it though. 5/10.

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