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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.

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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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English

Release Date:

10 August 2000 (Germany) See more »

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New Brunswick, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Albert Collins: Silence is the most beautiful noise in the world.
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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Mantra Down
Written by Suzi Gardner and Donita Sparks
Performed by L7
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Courtesy of Bongload Custom Records, Inc./Wax Tadpole Records, Inc.
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Chilling, mainly during the second half
2 November 2004 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Greg is a weatherman for 'Rise and Shine New York' who has gotten a national job. Jane is his girlfriend who doesn't want to move in with him, instead taking over her Aunt Cecile's fifth-floor apartment.

It was Martha Stewart (no, not the famous one) who found Aunt Cecile dead at the bottom of the stairs. And she's only one of the quirky neighbors. Some are in Jane's building (such as the super, who is the landlord's mentally unstable nephew Larry), and others can be seen from Jane's window--including

a cross-dresser, and the man who may have killed his wife.

Alice apparently lives in the apartment below Jane's, and she has real problems. Though never seen, she leaves numerous trash bags in the hall, and sends Jane nasty notes about her behavior, even though Jane is relatively quiet. Later, Jane gets more than notes.

I don't care much for scary movies, but this one was just chilling enough to be entertaining, especially toward the end. Those who can't stand 'Fear Factor' might not want to see this movie.

Shelley Duvall made quite an eerie character, and I genuinely despised her. Mr. Collins was nervous but nice, and he reminded me in some ways of Fred Rogers. I won't say just why I thought Austin Pendleton did a very good job.

The movie left us not knowing what really happened. We think we know--OR DO WE????


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