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Pacific Heights (1990)

Pacific Heights is another movie about yuppies in danger. This time, it’s Drake Goodman (Matthew Modine) and Patty Palmer (Melanie Griffith) who co-purchase and restore a Victorian house in San Francisco, then rent the downstairs apartment to pay the bills.

The new tenant is Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton), a psycho who never pays rent or security, refuses to leave, and turns his landlords’ lives into a living hell.

There are some genuinely scary and suspenseful sequences, thanks to the irony and polish of John Schlesinger’s direction, but the real horror here is the insane laws protecting the rights of tenants, even when they are homicidal maniacs.

Patty Palmer
Melanie Griffith
Drake Goodman
Matthew Modine
Carter Hayes
Michael Keaton
Toshio Watanabe
Mira Watanabe
Nobu McCarthy
Stephanie MacDonald
Laurie Metcalf
Lou Baker
Carl Lumbly
Dennis Reed
Dorian Harewood
Luca Bercovici
Florence Peters
Tippi Hedren
Liz Hamilton
Sheila McCarthy
Bennett Fidlow
Jerry Hardin
District Attorney
James Staley

John Schlesinger